Illustration Awards: Dame Jacqueline Wilson to judge 2016 competition


We are just thrilled to announce that the former Children’s Laureate, one of the nation’s favourite authors and a writer with as strong a claim as any to the title of “National Treasure” – Dame Jacqueline Wilson – will be judging the published categories of the 2016 V&A Illustration Awards.

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Introducing the Textile Conservation and Mounting team

A silk dressing gown from 1875 (T.193-1984) being assessed © V&A Collection

Hello from the Textile Conservation and Mounting team. If you followed the “Wedding Dress” and “Fabric of India” blogs then you will have met some of us before and you will know all about the Textile Conservation Section here at the V&A. For The “Undressed” Exhibition we have one Textile Conservator, Albertina Cogram, who is […]

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The Moon Sari


This time last year I was about to head off to India for a research and collecting trip for The Fabric of India exhibition. My first stop was to Bhuj in Gujarat and my travels are recorded here. Some of the pieces I acquired during that visit are now on display and form an important […]

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Digital Portfolios: Six Tips for Designing your Portfolio for University and College Applications

Designing a grid layout in Adobe Photoshop © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

  Creating your perfect portfolio can be tough, so here are six simple tips to create one that works. Applications to university and college courses can be a daunting process and increasingly, one of the requirements for an interview and entry is the submission of a digital portfolio. Although traditional physical portfolio making is part […]

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Joubert – Commemorating 250 years of silk design


Over the past few months, myself and some colleagues in the Fashion and Textile department, in collaboration with the Courtauld Institute of Art,  have been busy organising a workshop. This will bring together academics, curators and students from different places and backgrounds. The workshop will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the first manual on silk design to be […]

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Tate conference: media in transition


With the courtesy of the V&A learning department, I went to the three-day conference at the Tate; Media in Transition, hosted by The Getty Conservation Institute, Getty Research Institute and Tate. After the 2008’s Tate conference, ‘Object in Transition‘, this conference seems like the 2nd stage of Tate’s conference on preservation and conservation of art practices, focusing on […]

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Media in Transition

Just spent a really exciting few days at the Tate, courtesy of the V&A, learning a great deal about both the exhibition and conservation of video, at the Media in Transition conference. Having worked in video for over a decade I felt I knew a lot about the medium, but being able to see a series of different […]

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Pop-Up Darkroom on Exhibition Road

This is a guest blog by Almudena Romero, visual artist and photography teacher. My team and I took part in the V&A’s one-day careers event for schools, Creative Quarter, on Friday 13 November. We put up a pop-up darkroom on Exhibition Road to celebrate the Julia Margaret Cameron exhibitions at the V&A (opening 28 November) […]

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Lambrequins and Luxury

Tapestry of wool and silk, Paris, 1670-1700


Museum no. T.371-1977

Ornament in the time of Louis XIV and Beyond Conference marking the tercentenary of the close of Louis XIV’s reign   Come and join us at the V&A on Saturday, 5 December 2015, for a conference marking 300 years since the end of Louis XIV’s reign and celebrating the opening of the Europe 1600-1815 galleries in December. Supported […]

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The curious case of the Tibetan skull drum

Detail showing an area of missing decoration © Johanna Puisto Victoria and Albert Museum, London

I was recently asked to work on a very unusual object, which was a 19th century Tibetan drum, made of human skulls. The drum was about to travel to the Wellcome Collection’s exhibition titled; ‘Tibet’s Secret Temple; Body, Mind and Meditation in Tantric Buddhism’. It was highly exciting to work on this loan as His […]

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