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Easter Bonnets

Fancy some last minute inspiration for your Easter Bonnet? These six lithographs come from a series of eighteen of beautiful women in fantastical costumes representing various aspects of Paris. They were created in about 1910 by an artist signing himself simply as ‘Laviny’. We yet don’t know much about him, but he clearly had quite the imagination!

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Marion Thring – First Female Guide-Lecturer at the V&A

By Nicholas Smith, Archivist.For the V&A Archive’s contribution to International Women’s Month, I have chosen to profile Marion Thring, the first full-time female guide-lecturer at the V&A.

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Bits to Blogs, Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, Newcastle, 19 March 2013

Report from Bits 2 Blogs, Newcastle, 19 March 2013,organised by Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums – the 'annual event for anyone working in the North East cultural heritage sector who is passionate about using new ideas and new technologies to engage new audiences'

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Weird and Wonderful Wallpapers

“My wallpaper is killing me. One of us will have to go” – Oscar Wilde.Among many other things, the Prints, Drawings and Paintings collection also includes a spectacular selection of wallpapers. This post showcases some of the more striking, unusual and eclectic wall-coverings spanning the late 18th to the late 19th centuries. Click on the images if you would like more information about each one.

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Tilda Swinton’s dinner speech at the opening of David Bowie is

Dear DaveWhen I asked you if you wanted me to say anything here tonightYou said 'Only three words, one of them testicular..'So i'll pass that onHere I am at surely the most eclectic of all the London branches of Bowie Anonymous

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The Life and Work of Etienne Delaune (1)

The work of Etienne Delaune creates a vivid portrait of a cosmopolitan artist who worked on a number of different subjects in various styles, and whose career was marked by both success and insecurity.Probably born in 1518, Delaune worked as a goldsmith in Paris in the 1550s. In 1552 he was appointed to the royal mint, where he would have produced metalwork designs. However, this post was cut short over disputes about wages: Delaune only held the post for six months.

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Spring is here! Time to enjoy the V&A’s Garden

By James Sutton, Records and Archives Assistant, V&A Archive.The John Madejski Garden is an oasis in the centre of the Museum and now that Spring is here again we’ll be able to step out of the galleries and enjoy the courtyard garden to the full.

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Culture Geek 2013

By Lizzy Bullock, Content Editor, Digital Media.On Friday 15 March 2013 I had the pleasure of attending Culture Geek at the Barbican, London. Below I have documented the day (apologies to anyone whose presentation I have had to summarise very briefly for space).09.20

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