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Workshops

Throughout the project we have been consulting with our peers in the V&A and external specialists.  One of the most effective ways of doing so has been through holding a series of workshops. These enable us to have detailed discussions focused on specific areas of the galleries and their development. They usually last for either […]

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Tomorrow – Elmgreen & Dragset at the V&A

In 2010 the V&A invited Elmgreen and Dragset to create a unique exhibition experience in the V&A.  The resulting work is the exhibition, ‘Tomorrow’, a fictional domestic interior that belongs to the architect Norman Swann. The exhibition draws from the V&A collection as well as props, loans and new artworks created by Elmgreen & Dragset.  […]

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Long-Loan Ranger

V&A objects are not kept just within the hallowed halls of the Museum. Over six hundred objects from the Furniture and Woodwork collection are on long-term loan to other institutions, ranging from a fifteenth-century cupboard in Oakwell Hall, West Yorkshire; to an eighteenth-century box of cutlery to Judge’s Lodgings, Lancaster; to an automaton shaped like […]

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Jewellery Design

Since Pearls are having a bit of a ‘moment’, it seemed a good time to search through the Designs collection for some interesting examples of jewellery design across the ages. There are about 3000 designs for jewellery in the Museum’s collection, and we’re particularly strong on nineteenth and early twentieth century examples. As the ‘Pearls’ […]

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Photographic guardbooks: Images of India

While looking through our photographic guard books to answer an enquiry about something completely different, I discovered some fascinating nineteenth century photographs of Indian street scenes and architecture.  These evocative images have stayed with me so I thought that I would find out a little bit more about them. The photographs were sent to the […]

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Seeing the Unseen

Part of a Conservator’s job is to identify the materials used to create objects. One way of ‘seeing the unseen’ is by using X-radiography, which can reveal some interesting things about an object. X-rays can help to identify the construction, manufacturing techniques and materials of an object, which in turn helps to inform us about what […]

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The V&A Digital Map: tablet-optimised, mobile-responsive, data-driven

In September 2013, the Digital Map launched on the V&A website, offering a new interactive map interface for visitors that works on most tablets and smartphones, regardless of operating system (iPads and iPhones, Android tablets and phones, Windows phones, etc). This post looks at the benefits the map provides for visitors, how it fits within […]

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The Design Fund to Benefit the V&A – the 2013 acquisitions

For the third time, the Design Fund to Benefit the V&A has supported major contemporary acquisitions for the V&A collection. The five design projects acquired represent recent design debates and responses which make use of both traditional and contemporary materials, design methods and manufacturing techniques. The objects range from a hand-made toaster to a series […]

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The House of Beauty and Culture by Marcel Door in The New Spirit in Craft and Design by The Crafts Council 1987

The House of Beauty and Culture: Elegy and Escapism in East London in the 1980s

Elegy and Escapism in East London in the 1980s
Guest post by Kasia Maciejowska.
The House of Beauty and Culture (HOBAC) was a craft collective at the heart of the London club scene in the late 1980s. They mixed outré camp details with rough industrial textures to pioneer an urban dress code that was taken up by the fashion world in the following decade.

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Music for a While: Benjamin Britten at the V&A

While rummaging through a box of old photographs I chanced upon this one of the composer Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) and tenor Peter Pears (1910-1986) taken at recital they gave at the V&A. Tenor Peter Pears and pianist Benjamin Britten on stage during a recital in the Raphael Cartoon gallery. V&A Archive, accession no. A0212. © […]

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