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The Cartouche

Guest blog entry by Phoebe Lindsley

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Inspired by…Photography

This year's Inspired By… competition is up and running, with a great display on show in the Sackler Centre showing artists' and designers work which has been inspired by the V&A's collections. To tie in with the exhibition, this weekend we put on a range of talks, workshops and open studios offering visitors a chance to get creative.

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‘People watched for these quaint and dashing conceits’

During the past year I have been involved in a project to clear copyright permissions for posters in the Schreyer Collection. As well as involving research to identify rights holders; this work has given me the enviable opportunity to open drawers and boxes – allowing me to see many of the designs. Some of my favourite posters are those produced by literary publishing companies during the 19th century.

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Scheduled maintenance affecting web services

Advanced notice of temporary website disruptionOn Saturday 20 October 2012, the Museum will be undertaking essential work to update technical infrastructure in the building. This will affect access to some services that are delivered on the web. This work is scheduled to start at 18.00 on Saturday 20 October and be completed by 09.00 Sunday 21 October morning.The main website will be partially available:

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V&A Shakespeare Day with Propeller

by Adrian Deakes, Programme Manager, Theatre and Performance.Those of you who keep a keen eye on theatre reviews will have seen Propeller’s name crop up fairly frequently over the past few years. Directed by Ed Hall, this all-male Shakespeare Company is really making a name for itself by providing really visceral, exciting productions of Shakespeare's work. When they approached me to see if the V&A would like to host their 'Pocket' Henry V on 1 October, I was happy to say yes.

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The Bookbinders Collective – a London Design Festival highlight

by Marisa Smith, Programme Manager, Workshops and Events.

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The V&A’s 20 Greatest Treasures

by Jo Banham, Head of Adults, Students and Creative Industries.

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London 2012 clay: above and below ground

by Ruth Lloyd, Residency & Display Co-ordinator.

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Diamandini: 120 kilos of sylphlike robot

by Nadia Arbach, Team Leader, Digital Programmes.There's something about the word 'robot' that, despite my understanding of the more sophisticated forms of interactive design, still conjures up images of a metallic, bleeping creature. Diamandini, an interactive robotic artwork currently on show for the London Design Festival and the Digital Design Weekend, couldn't be further from that image.

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