Alken, Alkin and the invisible plates: documenting illustration in the library catalogue

Samuel Alken after William Gilpin. Aquatint plate from: Gilpin, William. ‘Remarks on forest scenery, and other woodland views, (relative chiefly to picturesque beauty)' (London: printed for R. Blamire, 1791). NAL: 38041800769044

Whilst consulting William Gilpin’s ‘Remarks on forest scenery’, I noticed this statement in the list of plates: “Of these drawings all the landscape-part, which I hope the public will think with me is very masterly, was executed by Mr. Alkin”. The landscape illustrations are unsigned aquatints. I had recently been cataloguing William Maton’s ‘Observations relative […]

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Thinking and Experiencing ‘Techne’: Revealing Object Histories with UV Light

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  This post was written by second-year student, Letitia Calin, one of a group of V&A/RCA History of Design MA students participating in the ‘Thinking and Experiencing Techne’ seminar/lab.   Early on in the ‘Thinking and Experiencing Techne’ seminar and lab course of the V&A/RCA History of Design MA we investigated a selection of early […]

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New Peepshow Discoveries Come to Light

Fig. 1. Paris la Nuit, ca. 1860.

A Guest Post from Marie-Alix de Cools in Book Conservation The V&A recently received a wonderful collection of nearly 400 paper peepshows and other optical devices, a collection which had been assembled over a period of 30 years by Jacqueline and Jonathan Gestetner (see recent blog post on this topic).           During my internship in […]

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Intoart’s Place and Repeat programme returns to the V&A – part 2

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Intoart returned to the V&A in October 2016 for the second year of their Place and Repeat programme. Intoart’s Place and Repeat programme aims to create opportunities for the artistic and professional development of people with learning disabilities working within V&A museum and their engagement with collections and archives. This year’s programme builds on Intoart artists’ […]

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Intoart’s Place and Repeat programme returns to the V&A

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Intoart returned to the V&A in October 2016 for the second year of their Place and Repeat programme. Intoart’s Place and Repeat programme aims to create opportunities for the artistic and professional development of people with learning disabilities working within V&A museum and their engagement with collections and archives. This year’s programme builds on Intoart artists’ […]

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Rapid Response Collecting – Burkini and Refugee Flag

Refugee Flag Install 30/11/2016

A burkini and refugee flag are the two latest acquisitions by the Museum’s Design, Architecture and Digital department, recently installed in the Rapid Response Collecting gallery. Text by Mariana Pestana, Curator of Future Design, and Kristian Volsing, Research Curator – Videogames The refugee flag was commissioned by the Refugee Nation, a not-for-profit creative project led […]

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Visit our final Artist in Residence Open Studios of 2016!

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Visit our three artists in residence as they open their doors for the last Open Studios of 2016 on Wednesday 14 December! Please see below for exact meeting points at 13.00 sharp for Julian Melchiorri and Noor Ali Chagani. Bethan Lloyd Worthington will open up her studio in the Ceramics Galleries on level 6 between 13.00 […]

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“Play the GIF” with Andi Concha: V&A Samsung Digital Classroom

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The latest V&A Samsung Digital Classroom saw Andi Concha come along to the museum to lead a workshop in creating GIF animations. GIFs are ubiquitous online as a way of bringing moving images into webpages and are almost as old as the net itself. Recently there has been a resurgence in their popularity as they […]

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vam.ac.uk turns 20!

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Today is the 20th birthday of vam.ac.uk. Having arrived on its due date 20 years ago, it was nurtured through the early years of museum digital infancy, enjoyed all the freedom, self-discovery and turbulence of the teenage years and has grown into a sophisticated, well-adjusted and thoughtful website. Following huge reinvention earlier this year, a […]

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V&A wins best website at the IDCA Awards 2016

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It’s fitting that on its 20th anniversary, the new V&A website, vam.ac.uk, has won best website at the International Design Communication Awards 2016. The IDCA awards assess and reward the best communications, design and branding strategies within the arts and museum sphere. Announced at Communicating the Museum conference in Quebec, the award is a wonderful […]

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