‘Your Victory Jumper’, knitting pattern, published in Home Notes magazine on 2 June 1945. Archive of Art and Design © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

10 things we’ve learnt from a history of an OBJECT in 100 worlds

With the last of the Object Pitch Days on the blog, and before the next stage of the project is announced, it seems an opportune moment to take stock of what we’ve already learnt from a history of an OBJECT in 100 worlds… 1.Never ever lend anything to Tony Robinson (aka Baldrick from Blackadder). Ken […]

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Raincoat 'Witches' 1983 Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren Given by David Barber, in memory of Rupert Michael Dolan T.268:1, 2-1991 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Trench coats: from real mud to Nostalgia of Mud

‘Rustic’ linen smock-shirts were worn by farmhands well into the 19th century. These garments were woven in such a way that they would shrink and tighten when damp, giving them a degree of water resistance: this is also the principle on which gabardine works. Gabardine was invented by Thomas Burberry, who patented it in 1879. With […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.86 and finally the candlestick maker… From Stamford Hill to Notting Hill – Westbourne Grove today. London you never cease to amaze me in the mix of people that live here. Unbelievable that a shop can survive selling pretty much just candles! 195 Westbourne Grove, W11 […]

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St Jerome in his Study, stained-glass panel, Germany, ca.1550. Museum no. 537-1907 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Calling all budding historians of design! Bursaries available for V&A/RCA MA History of Design, 2015/16

  A unique opportunity for funded MA places on the Victoria and Albert Museum/Royal College of Art MA in History of Design in 2015/16 only, supporting students who could not ordinarily afford postgraduate education. The Postgraduate Support Scheme (PSS) is aimed at encouraging widening participation for UK and EU students entering MA study directly from […]

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A view of Shakespeare's Macbeth on stage at Covent Garden, mid 1760s, Unknown Artist, Italy c.1570 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Behind the Scenes of my Shakespeare Course

This is a guest post by Dr Enza De Francisci who is currently preparing a Shakespeare and Italy course at the V&A supported by the University College London-King’s College London Collaborative Learning Fellowship in the Arts, Society and the Humanities Sometime last year, I came across an email advertising a Collaborative Fellowship in Learning in […]

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Digital Textile Design

By guest blogger Jacqueline Colley Create! Digital Textile Design took place at the V&A on 2nd May 2015. Designed and led by textile designer Jacqueline Colley, a group of eight students from the young people’s programme worked as print designers for the day creating repeat patterns for fashion and visualising their designs in garment sketches. […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.85

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.85 …The Baker…. 182-184 Stamford Hill, N16. Kosher Bakery in Stamford Hill, an area particularly known for its 30,000 Hasidic Jews, making it the largest concentration of Haredi Jews in Europe. ©Barnaby Barford 2014

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Residency Programme Upcoming Events

Have you met our resident artists yet? Do come and meet them at the fantastic events that they have lined up in the Museum in May and June! May Thursday 21 May at 13.00 to 14.00 (Meeting at Grand Entrance Meeting Point): Jamie Jenkinson will be giving a talk comparing the video pixel to mosaic […]

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Pictures from the 2015 V&A Illustration Awards

From Monday night’s V&A Illustration Awards ceremony… some glam shots of the evening. Congratulations to all our winners: Sterling Hundley (Best Illustrated Book and Overall Winner), Yehrin Tong (Best Book Cover Design), Simon Pemberton (Best Editorial Illustration), Daphne Christoforou (Student Illustrator of the Year) and Dan Ungureanu (Student Runner-Up).             […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.84

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.84 I wanted to do this a while ago and got side tracked so here we go again with the nursery rhyme Rub-a-dub-dub, three men in a tub, who do you think they were? The Butcher… 1096 Harrow Road, Willesden NW10 5NL ©Barnaby Barford 2014

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