Gold, lacquer and mirrors: a figure of the Buddha from Burma

The mask was carved separately and then held in place with nails.

By Adriana Francescutto and Victor Borges, Sculpture Conservation. Here in the sculpture conservation studio, we have recently begun the treatment of an 18th to early 19th century standing figure of the Buddha. It came originally from the Kyaik Than Lan pagoda in Moulmein, Burma. It depicts the Buddha standing on a lotus bud, in a […]

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Clouds of discovery

Elements of geometry by Euclid, by Sjoerd Hofstra, Netherlands (Amsterdam): ZET, 1994. NAL barcode: 38041995101904

Around every six months we update the selection of material we offer in our group visit packages here at the National Art Library. The latest refresh has been to our Book Art package. Read on for a taster of what you could expect to see if you were to book an educational group visit with […]

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Installing the period rooms

Art Referee’s report by M. Digby Wyatt, 22 April 1869 (V&A Archive of Art and Design: MA/3/31)

The first objects to be installed into the Europe galleries were the period rooms, which are now all fully built. There are three period rooms in the galleries – a 17th-century painted French room, a late 18th-century Italian mirrored cabinet and a late 18th-century Parisian cabinet. When the old galleries were de-installed, each of these […]

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Slippery Sari Sagas and Delightful Draping


Here in Textile Conservation we are just over half way through mounting the garments for display in The Fabric of India. A few weeks ago, our studio was all a-flurry with the unwrapping of mannequins and the speedy draping of a collection of stunning and vibrant contemporary saris for publication photography. That was by no […]

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End of the Big Dig!

New basement spaces supporting the Exhibition Gallery above

We are pleased to announce that bulk excavation on the Exhibition Road Building site is now finished, after nearly 4 months of non-stop digging! While there are some areas still requiring minor excavation work, over 22,000 cubic metres of soil has been removed from site. The spaces for the new exhibitions gallery, feature staircase and back […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 151

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 151 Sunday Service – this time charity based.  There are 20 charity shops on The Tower.  They will be auctioned separately and the proceeds of these will go to the individual charities. Today’s charity is Islamic Relief on Hoe Street in Walthamstow. Islamic Relief is an independent humanitarian […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 148


The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 148 Love a pun.  Chalk Farn NW1 today and this offie. Sad to think of the demise of the off licence due to cheap alcohol in supermarkets.   They are quite unique places and a classic off licence has quite a unique smell.  Always remember getting […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 150


The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 150 50 DAYS TO GO! Who knew the FBI – the Five 0 were in south London?! Not exactly a shop although I’m sure they sell their services: Finlay’s Bureau of Investigation – yes the F.B.I.  Book him Danno. 54 Church Road Upper Norwood SE19 2EU […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 149


The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 149 This shop is brilliant, simple as that. From the name (it sort of evokes woolworth pick’n’mix for adults) to the font (I really like the way wine and beers are made to look like barrels) , to the colour, to the size of the sign, […]

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V&A/RCA History of Design Takes a Bow

V&A/RCA History of Design Symposium, 2015. Photo: Sophie Declerk, 2015

In the final post by graduating students, Max Maisey-Curtis reveals the backstage nerves behind the scenes at the 2015 V&A/RCA History of Design Symposium. Earlier this month, the curtain fell on the V&A/RCA History of Design Class of 2015’s time at the museum, as graduating students delivered their final Symposium. In doing so, we covered […]

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