Retracing Ribeiro Community Arts Project

A collaborative project with the V&A’s Adult Communities Team The National Lottery Funded ‘Retracing Ribeiro’ project celebrates the legacy of the Indian painter – my father – Lancelot Ribeiro (1933-2010). As part of this, the V&A held an outreach programme where the project’s Creative Director, Emily Phillips, with ceramics artist Mürüde Mehmet, sought to utilise […]

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How to build trust while building products

What would you say is the right answer? The most important thing that drives progress when building products is… Testing once you’ve built something Silence while you’re building Communication at all times If you’re a product manager at a large museum, your core team are not only the developers, designers and content creators working out […]

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Inside Trajan’s Column

When Room 46A re-opens to the public in autumn 2018, visitors will be able to enter the door in the base of Trajan’s Column, and for the first time will be able to sit and marvel at the cast’s immense size and construction.   In 1864 Monsieur Oudry made this cast from the original, which […]

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Stunning new V&A Members’ Room opens today in former historic study room

V&A Members’ Room. © Rory Gardiner

Today, we have opened our new Members’ Room, a characteristic V&A mix of heritage, modernity and design ingenuity. The innovative design by architects Carmody Groarke converts a magnificent top-lit gallery on the top floor of Aston Webb’s Grade I Listed 1909 wing into a beautiful new dedicated space for V&A Members, outfitted with bespoke designed […]

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Guest blog post: Duet

By Catherine Baxendale, Invisible Flock What does it mean to create an artwork from crowdsourced data, contributed through a participant led process, artists creating the parameters, questions and platforms, but the content of the artwork is built by those taking part. Duet anonymously connects an individual in India with an individual in the UK, creating […]

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Casts In Focus: Rosslyn Chapel

As we prepare for the re- opening of the west Cast Court in autumn 2018, this blog will take a closer look at ten key casts on display in the gallery, exploring the object’s history and providing insights into recent conservation work. The first post in this series is about the cast of part of […]

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Sir Peter Hall (1930-2017)

Assistant Curator, Janet Birkett, remembers the late director, Sir Peter Hall, who died on 11th September 2017. The British theatre would look very different without Peter Hall. Hall founded the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1960, running the theatre in Stratford and acquiring the Aldwych Theatre as the company’s London base. Having established one major, internationally […]

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Advanced Works Project: Photographing Complex Textiles

The InterContinental Hotel Tapestry by Archie Brennan During the early works of the decant, the Advanced Works team have been lucky enough to handle and photograph some very interesting objects that are stored in the Clothworkers’ Centre at Blythe House. One requisition that stood out in particular was to assess, measure, and photograph a seven piece tapestry that would […]

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Global design histories and contemporary art practice (2): Lubna Chowdhary in residence at the V&A

Ceramic artist Lubna Chowdhary is nearing the end of her residency at the V&A. Her research into the V&A collections has explored how histories of migration and Empire register in designed objects. But an enduring interest in architecture equally drives her ceramic art practice. During her residency, she has produced an assemblage of two-dimensional ceramic […]

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James Leman’s glorious palette – Part 3

Figure 1: Leman design E.1861:98-1991 being analysed with a multispectral imaging system. Photography by Lucia Burgio © Victoria and Albert Museum.

This series of blog entries describes the scientific analysis of pigments and dyes used on the Leman Album designs. As described in my previous instalment of the Leman analysis chronicle, the first MOLAB group came and went at the beginning of March 2017. Three weeks later, the second MOLAB group arrived from the National Institute of Optics […]

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