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Just in time for Halloween: A disembodied skull comes to the studio

The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design, and as such, one might surmise that its conservation department would not have to deal with the issues surrounding human remains. That said, the theatre and performance collection at the V&A contains a number of unusual objects, one of them being this somewhat macabre […]

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Don’t have nightmares!

It’s that time of year again, when the supernatural starts to stir and everything gets a little bit spookier. To get you in the mood for some trick or treating, we’ve been down to the crypt and dug up some terrifyingly ghoulish items from the collections. Let’s ease ourselves in with something that’s not too […]

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Making visitor information easier for mobile phone users

In October 2013, we overhauled the Visitor Information pages to make them easier to use on a mobile phone. With as many as 30% of all web visits including the visit information pages, this was a priority. This post looks at how you can quickly make your web pages easier to use on a mobile phone for your visitors, just […]

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Writing Labels & Gallery Text

With over a year until the Europe Galleries re-open, it may come as surprise to learn that we are already nearing the final stages of editing and confirming the text that will appear in the galleries. Indeed, we are doing so, even before the cases and walls, to which they will be fixed, exist! In-situ-text […]

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Inspired by…2014

The Inspired By… competition was set up at the V&A by Eithne Nightingale some fifteen years ago. When Eithne started working at the V&A, she was struck by how many beautiful objects in the V&A galleries linked with work made in adult education classes – jewellery, ceramics, fashion, photography, fine art, furniture and sculpture. Linking […]

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What’s the Future of 3D Printing?

As part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2013, the Science Museum joined forces with the V&A to present an inspiring panel discussion on the future of 3D printing. With the V&A’s Hochhauser Auditorium packed to the rafters, visitors listened to a panel of scientists and technical experts discuss their views on 3D […]

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Auspicious Visitors:Working with Chinese paintings (with a little help from the British Museum)

Destined to be an iconic exhibition, Masterpieces of Chinese Paintings 700-1900 will open this week to a public eager to see some of the most remarkable examples of Chinese painting from 1200 years of tradition. Detail from ‘Nine Dragons’,  Chen Rong, 1244, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Photograph © 2013 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. […]

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CopyKent: Designers, Engravers and Candlestick Makers

This morning a very nice group of jewellery design students came to look at some of the many jewellery designs in the V&A’s collection. Inspiring the creative industries has always been one of the Museum’s raisons d’être, and it was great to see contemporary designers getting excited about 19th century work, sketching and taking photos, […]

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Welcoming our new Artists in Residence!

On the 1st October we welcomed our new artists in residence into the V&A fold. Sophia George, BAFTA award winning games designer and one of our youngest ever residents at only 23 years old, is creating a gamers hub in the smaller of our Sackler centre studios. By the end of her six months with […]

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V&A acquires the original Joey puppet from the National Theatre’s West End stage production of War Horse

EDIT: Please note that from 22 September 2014 Joey will be on loan to Lightbox Gallery in Woking for their exhibition The Horse at War: 1914 – 1918 We are delighted to announce that Handspring Puppet Company have donated Joey, the original West End puppet from War Horse, the National Theatre’s award-winning stage adaptation of […]

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