V&A Illustration Awards: Interview with David McConochie – Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year


What is David McConochie’s secret? In the space of a year, he’s bagged two prestigious illustration awards and a lucrative commission for The Folio Society. He’s just been crowned Winner of the V&A Illustration Awards and to mark the opening of the 2016 Illustration Awards display, I caught up with David to find out more […]

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National Art Library late May bank holiday weekend closure

A reminder to all our users that the second bank holiday in May will soon be upon us and that the National Art Library will be closed for the weekend.  We close at 18.30 on Friday 27th May, and will re-open at 10.00 on Tuesday 31st May. You can order your items ahead of your visit for […]

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Inspired by…

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Monday night saw the opening of Inspired by…, an exhibition showcasing new artwork made by adult learners from across the UK, inspired by the V&A’s collection. The quality of the work submitted was impressive and I was honoured to be invited to select the winner for ‘Digital Media’, a category introduced to the competition for […]

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Skeleton suits – The Enlightenment’s onesie?

Unknown boy, perhaps Sir Frederick Augustus D'Este (1794-1848). Copyright Victoria and Albert Museum

Restrictive or liberating: skeleton suits have divided opinion since they first appeared in the late 1770s. Developed during the period of Enlightenment as an alternative to miniature versions of adult clothes; their design was informed by the clothing reforms advocated by physician and philosophers John Locke and Jean-Jacque Rousseau. Locke wrote in Some Thoughts Concerning […]

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Crossing the line: acting into leadership


This is the Morlaix staircase, an object beautifully displayed in the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries of the V&A. It is over 11 metres tall and comes from a house in the town of Morlaix, in Brittany, France. The question it poses for me is: “When did it stop being a staircase and become a museum […]

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Harold Cohen and ‘A Tapestry for Today’

Harold Cohen, Over All, 1967

Guest blog by Joanna Weddell, who holds an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award with the V&A Museum and the University of Brighton researching Disseminating Design, a project on the post-war regional impact of the V&A Circulation Department. This blog commemorates the artist Harold Cohen (1928-2016). In 1968 the V&A Circulation Department (Circ) sent the travelling exhibition A Tapestry for Today to schools of […]

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365 Gold Boxes

Opificio delle pietre dure, c. 1800, Florence, Italy, museum no. Loan:Gilbert.439-2008 | The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

New V&A Pinterest Board Sir Arthur Gilbert was born on 16 May 1913, today would have been his 103rd birthday. The collection he and his first wife Rosalinde created is now at the V&A and comprises around 220 glorious boxes and related masterpieces. From late 2016 you will once more be able to enjoy these […]

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Master Strokes: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Golden Age

Attributed to Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (1621-1674), "Man in a Plumed Hat", Museum no. Dyce.422 ©Victoria and Albert Museum

This weekend a new display, Master Strokes: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Golden Age opens here at the V&A, offering visitors the chance to see some previously little-known treasures from the Prints, Drawings and Paintings collection. The V&A’s outstanding collection of Dutch and Flemish drawings is one of the largest and most important in […]

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‘Graffiti’ photographs by Brassaï

Brassaï, from Graffiti Series VI: 'Love', 1933-56.  © Estate of Brassaï - RMN

Over the last few months, I have been cataloguing a group of 99 photographs by the Hungarian photographer Brassaï. They were acquired by the V&A as part of a bequest from his widow, Mme Gilberte Boyer Brassaï, who died in 2005. Brassaï was born in 1899 as Gyula Halász in the Transylvanian town of Brassó. […]

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Graphic Gathering – V&A Competition Winner Revealed


Graphic Gathering is the V&A’s annual graphic design challenge for secondary school students. The competition is designed to give students a taste of professional practice and help prepare them for higher or further education and work in the creative industries through answering a real life brief. The Design Council recently reported that ‘exponential growth of […]

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