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Vivandieres: Part 1

Hand-coloured lithograph by an unknown artist. French, 1850-1870.E.2872-1938

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Stereographs

A stereograph is composed of two pictures mounted next to each other, viewed with a set of lenses known as a stereoscope. Taken around 7cm apart, roughly corresponding to the spacing of the eyes, the left picture represents what the left eye would see, and likewise for the right, so when observing the pictures through a stereoscopic viewer, the pair of photographs converge into a single three-dimensional image.

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The Jane Austen Style

28 January 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s classic novel Pride and Prejudice. Thanks to numerous TV and film adaptations of her works, Jane Austen’s name has become synonymous with the neo-classical style of dress that was popular in the late 18th and early 19th centuries – it is almost impossible to imagine Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy without thinking of empire-waisted gowns, bonnets, waistcoats and starched collars.

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Open Sourcing Digital Labels

At the end of November 2012, the V&A’s new Furniture Gallery opened up on our 6th floor. Alongside the great pieces on display, there are some novel approaches to interpretation and labelling.One such development was the replacement of printed labels with touch screen software, developed by the V&A Digital Media team. Today, we are releasing this software asopen source on GitHub(where else?) under a permissive BSD License.

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Designing and Developing Activity Areas in the Europe 1600 – 1800 Galleries

By Lucy Trench, Lead Educator for the Europe 1600–1800 galleries.These galleries, due to open in December 2014, are the next big gallery development after Medieval & Renaissance. When I took on the role of educator, I wondered how we could refresh our usual package of gallery interpretation and also show some of the social and intellectual changes that took place between 1600 and 1800.

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Let it Snow

As a blanket of snow falls across the UK, it seems like a good time to highlight some objects in the Museum’s collections with wintry stories to tell.

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Introduction to the Factory

One of the real privileges of working at a place like the Victoria and Albert Museum is being able to see behind the scenes and come across fascinating things by chance.

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V&A Games Design Residency – Call for Proposals

The V&A is inviting applications from early to mid-career UK-based digital games designers who wish to develop their practice in response to the V&A’s Britain 1500 – 1900 galleries.

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Happy 150th Birthday London Underground

150 years ago today, the very first journey on the London Underground took place. On 9th January 1863, a steam train travelled between Paddington and Farringdon and marked the opening of the world’s first underground railway.

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