Drawing down the Moon

Brooch, maker unknown, about 1888, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

British astronaut Tim Peake has us all staring up into the night sky just a bit more often at the moment and he’s sending back fantastic pictures of our planet. At the V&A, we have been doing our own sky-gazing for our latest project with the Virtual Schools; last year, we ‘Designed the World’, and […]

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Riveting Rivets

Left to right: rivet, rivet plate, riveter

A good blog should be a riveting read, but this is a blog about riveting… Over the last week this fanciful tool has become a trusted friend as I face the challenge of ensuring our mannequins are going to keep their bits together for the Undressed exhibition and subsequent tour. Forget the saucy underwear – this is what gets me […]

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Rut Bryk 1916-1999


This post was written by Joanna Weddell, Researcher at the University of Brighton. She is currently completing an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award entitled Disseminating Design, which examines the regional impact of the Circulation Department in the post-war period 1947-77. To mark the centenary of her birth, this post features the work of Finnish designer and ceramic […]

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Guest Post: Exhibition Designer Gitta Gschwendtner Reflects on a Job Well Done (and takes a video)

Installation view of 'The Fabric of India' exhibition, 3 October 2015 - 10 January 2016

Gitta Gschwendtner was the Exhibition designer for The Fabric of India, and worked with the V&A’s team over the past two years to design the delivery of the show. Gitta’s immersive design was integral to the show, and received rave reviews by industry professionals and visitors alike. She now takes a moment to reflect on her […]

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Calling groups seeking treasure from the NAL!

[Antiphoner cover.]
German binding, ca. 1500.
Buckskin; blind tooling; embroidered figure of Christ crucified; metal mounts; 2 large leather buckles with animals' heads; original title written on a strip of vellum.
NAL pressmark: Drawer 105

It’s time once again to update our ‘Treasures’ package from the rich variety of material within the special collections of the NAL. This package is one which you could view with your school, college or university group if you were to make a group booking with us. The NAL houses a wide variety of special […]

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CASTING; work in progress


  As a V&A Samsung Korean Digital Artist in Resident, I’m going to present my new projection mapping installation at the Cast Courts, Room 46a in 12 February as a culminating project of my residency. The whole process was challenging and I truly appreciate lots of people who gladly gave their help and support. I’ve conducted […]

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Joubert: An eighteenth century travel guide to Paris


In our previous posts, we’ve introduced the workshop, and provided context on the book and its author. This is week is a bit of a departure from silk design, as it concerns Joubert’s advice on visiting Paris. Lyonnais silk designers such as Joubert were preoccupied with how best to respond to the demand from Paris – […]

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World’s leading collection on the art of photography to be created at the V&A

A Sea of Steps, 1903, by Frederick Henry Evans (1853-1943). Image No. 10550850. Source No.: 2003-5001_2_23326. © Royal Photographic Society/National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

An historic agreement between the Science Museum Group (SMG) and the V&A is set to create the world’s foremost collection on the art of photography. More than 400,000 objects from SMG’s three-million-strong photography collection, held at the National Media Museum, will be transferred to the V&A. These photographs will join the V&A’s existing collection of 500,000 photographs to […]

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Peter Brook from Archive to Action: Gunnersbury Park Museum

Gunnersbury Museum and Park Development © Maggi Marmion Photography

This is a guest post by Lisa D’Agostino, Formal Learning Officer at Gunnersbury Museum and Park Development. Gunnersbury is part of the Chiswick Hub, working with the school and Watermans Arts Centre on the Peter Brook Schools Outreach Project. Gunnersbury’s learning service has a long tradition of using drama to help audiences engage and connect […]

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Redefining Beauty – Julia Margaret Cameron Dance Performance Friday 12 Feb


Redefining Beauty: Julia Margaret Cameron Free Performance (Repeated Twice across Evening) 6.30pm 7.30pm Friday 12 Feb, Room 100 (Julia Margaret Cameron Exhibition) To RSVP please email r.nalumoso@vam.ac.uk A free performance project at the Victoria and Albert Museum developed by leading participatory artist, Lucinda Jarrett, choreographer, Miranda Tufnell, and a group of older performers with support […]

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