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David Bowie Is… Moving on.

David Bowie Is… finally closed its doors on Sunday 11 August. By the day of opening back in March, pre-booked tickets had reached over 67,000, and when the doors closed for the last time at South Kensington, a record 311,000 visitors had seen the exhibition. But David Bowie – always an artist to keep moving […]

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If Walls had Ears (and Chairs had Mouths)

I don’t know about you, but I was very relieved to read that Dick van Dyke escaped unscathed from the jaws of death last week. Having spent my childhood learning about Women’s Lib from Mary Poppins and my student years studying the complexities of the American healthcare system by way of Diagnosis Murder, I’m very […]

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Handing Over the Gallery Space

Since decanting the galleries in 2011, we have made practical use of the emptied gallery spaces for many mock-ups (see previous post). Others within the museum have also found it a useful (and inspirational) space – as shown by the galleries’ metamorphosis into a set for a sci-film by artist in residence Hayley Nebauer! ©Air […]

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How to use Google Analytics Event Tracking to capture navigational behaviour on your website

The purpose of navigation is to help visitors to our websites find their way round them, but how do we know how useful this navigation really is to them?  To understand this, we need to know they actually use it. This post outlines how we have implemented automated tracking of navigational activity on the V&A website. […]

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ICOM Rio 2013: Part 3

Dana Andrew recently attended ICOM’s 23rd General Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which focussed on museums’ ability to work with the content of their collections or research in a creative way to make a positive influence on society. In this post, Dana recalls visiting some of Rio’s museum highlights, and looks back on the […]

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Twenty Objects for Twenty Years: A Female Saint, c.1450 – 1500

The end of term has arrived, and we’ve reached the end of the 20th  Medieval and Renaissance Year Course.  I’ve enjoyed writing the ‘Twenty Objects’ blog, and will be back with occasional posts in the autumn.  Meanwhile the last of our ‘Twenty Objects for Twenty Years’ is written by a former student, Dr Samantha Darell […]

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DesignLab: Keiko Masumoto

As part of the V&A Schools DesignLab series, we invited Year 8 and 9 students from Elthorne Park High School to take part in an extended project with the Toshiba: Japan Ceramics Resident, Keiko Masumoto. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London Students were introduced to Keiko Masumoto’s professional practice through a studio visit and presentation of […]

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DesignLab: Sky Arts Ignition Memory Palace

V&A Schools ran a DesignLab project this summer in collaboration with Sam Winston, one of the 20 artists asked to make work for Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace. The exhibition is a walk-in story that brings to life a new work of fiction by the author Hari Kunzru. The book is set in a dystopian […]

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A Staycation in Chiswick

Last weekend I took something of a busman’s holiday and trundled along the District line to Chiswick House. Chiswick brings together two important figures in William Kent’s life: Lord Burlington, Kent’s long-time patron and friend; and Andrea Palladio, the sixteenth-century Venetian architect. As I mentioned last time, Burlington and Kent met in Italy, where they […]

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ICOM Rio 2013: Part 2

Dana Andrew is currently attending ICOM’s 23rd General Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which is focussing on museums’ ability to work with the content of their collections or research in a creative way to make a positive influence on society. In this post, Dana gives her first impressions of Rio and the beginning of […]

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