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What’s A Nice Guy Like You Doing in A Museum Like This?

The title of today’s post comes from a conference discussion with the textile artist Elaine Reichek, who I saw speaking recently at a two day event devoted to the ‘Politics of Cloth‘.  Reichek uses visual and textual quotations from self-consciously traditional sources to make her art, and was talking about the odd juxtaposition of ancient […]

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Happy St Andrew’s Day

It’s 30th November, also known as St Andrew’s Day. What a perfect time to celebrate Scottish design with a look at some fine examples of Caledonian craft. We begin with an object that was not just made in Scotland, it was made *of* Scotland. Scottish stones to be precise. This double scarf or shawl pin […]

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New work by James Rigler

James Rigler has been very busy up in his studio in recent weeks. I wanted to share a few snaps of what he’s been creating, inspired by the architectural shapes, furniture and textures around the Museum. James is posting regular photos on his instagram account and if you’d like to see all of James’ work […]

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Happy Birthday Ryan Giggs!

The Manchester United and former Wales footballer turns 40 today. The most decorated player in English football history made his first league start back in May 1991 and is the only player to have appeared and scored in all 21 Premier League campaigns so far. And here he is making another appearance, this time in our […]

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An Unknown Sketch by Constable

V&A Paintings Conservators Nicola Costaras and Clare Richardson have discovered a previously unknown oil sketch by John Constable in the V&A’s collection. The original sketch, ‘Branch Hill Pond, Hampstead’, had been glued to a canvas lining at some stage before it came into the V&A’s collection in 1888, completely obscuring the sketch on the other side. Suspecting that […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s the fourth Thursday in November, which for all of our American friends can only mean one thing: Thanksgiving. Here are a few collections highlights from the good old US of A to help celebrate the big day. The most important element of any Thanksgiving feast is the turkey. Unfortunately, the lady in this 19th-century […]

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Useful research about consumer mobile trends

A list of useful research reports about technological and social factors affecting how consumer mobile devices affect museum service design. Most have published in mid to late 2013.The scope and focus of each varies, but all deal with either general technology and mobile-related social trends or specifically about musum mobile service issues. They are here […]

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Posters of the Cuban Revolution

This is a guest post by poster collector Michael Tyler whose collection of Cuban revolutionary posters goes on display for the first time next week in an exhibition at Kemistry Gallery in London. Michael explains what sparked his interest and how the collection developed. ­­I confess, when asked to contribute to the V&A blog about […]

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V&A experts discover a new oil sketch by John Constable

V&A experts have discovered a previously unrecorded oil sketch by John Constable. The newly discovered work was concealed beneath a lining canvas on the reverse of Branch Hill Pond: Hampstead. It will now go on public display in the Paintings Galleries. The recent discovery was made by V&A conservators Clare Richardson and Nicola Costaras while […]

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A little Movember inspiration

The nights are drawing in, leaves are falling from the trees at an alarming rate and there seems to be far more moustachioed men around than usual. Of course, it’s not just November, it is also Movember. And as the month nears its close, the charitably hirsute menfolk of the world will need to put […]

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