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Creative Quarter 2012

By Cara Williams, Schools Programmes Manager.Creative Quarter, the V&A’s flagship event for secondary schools and colleges, took place on Friday 16th November and was attended by 30 schools from around London and further afield. A total of 3,600 young people participated in talks, workshops and drop-in events throughout the day.

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UK Museums on the Web Conference 2012

UK Museums on the Web is a great opportunity for people in the museum sector to network and bring ideas together about the web and related digital. This year it was at the Wellcome Collection, London. Here are some brief highlights of sessions, but there were of course lots more great ideas buzzing about. Some […]

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UK Museums on the Web Conference 2012

UK Museums on the Web is a great opportunity for people in the museum sector to network and bring ideas together about the web and related digital. This year it was at the Wellcome Collection, London.Here are some brief highlights of sessions, but there were of course lots more great ideas buzzing about.

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New Acquisition: A Painting of the Jain Pilgrimage Site at Shatrunjaya Hill

The V&A has recently acquired a large and splendid painting of Shatrunjaya Hill in Gujarat, one of the holiest Jain sites. Thousands of pilgrims climb up to the temples on top of the hills by a path with over 3,000 steps. Today (28 November 2012) is Kartik Purnima, the special day when these paintings are hung up and venerated in Jain temples. Detailed paintings of the sacred site, like this one, enable worshippers who are unable to be there to envisage and contemplate it.

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Still life

Guest blog entry by Bryony Bartlett-RawlingsA number of ornament engravings in the V&A collection dating to the 16th- and 17th centuries by Dutch and Flemish printmakers including Nicolaes de Bruyn, Anton Wierex, Jan Sadeler, and Theodor de Bry incorporate still life motifs.V&A inventory number 24359.9

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Soft Circuits

By Alex Flowers, Digital Programmes Manager.

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Martin Roth’s keynote speech at Museums Association conference, Edinburgh 2012

On Friday 9 November I was invited to give the keynote speech at the Museums Association conference. Here is that speech in full for you to read…

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Slack Day at Museum Computer Network conference

We have been at theannual Museum Computer Network (MCN) conferencethis week, which celebrates its 40th year in 2012. This is a great mix of different tech people working in the museum sector and has a very strong open collaborative learning community. This year it's in Seattle.This year’s theme, 'The Museum Unbound: Shifting Perspectives, Evolving Spaces, Disruptive Technologies', focuses on exploring how the quickening pace of technological innovation is expanding the very definition of what it means to be a museum.

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Making the V&A website responsive for mobile visitors

Responsive design – making a website display in an optimal way for the user's hardware – is something that had been on our radar for quite some time. After all, nobody enjoys looking at a full-size web page shrunk down to tiny scale on a small mobile screen!

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