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St Mungo’s & Woodworks Project: A Design Process

The V&A approached St Mungo’s, a charity which works with homeless people to prevent and alleviate homelessness. They work to assist personalised recovery for homeless and excluded people and in the process, improve their quality of life and seek to prevent homelessness and the exclusion that embeds it. Dopo Enzo is a film about a […]

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German 1941-1942 list of ‘Degenerate Art’ available for download

The only known complete list of ‘Entartete Kunst’ or ‘Degenerate Art’ confiscated from public institutions by the Nazis in Germany in 1937 and 1938 is now available to download, in full, from the V&A website. This is the first time that this significant document has been made available online in its entirety. More information about […]

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£9.4m funding boost for V&A at Dundee from Heritage Lottery Fund

V&A at Dundee has been awarded £9.4m by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Designed by the celebrated Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, V&A at Dundee will be the first ever design museum to be built in the UK outside of London. It is also the flagship for Dundee’s ambitious plans for its waterfront redevelopment. The HLF […]

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The Year of the Horse

31 January marks the beginning of the 15-day festival of Chinese New Year. 2014 is the Year of the Horse, traditionally a fortunate year that brings luck and good things. The V&A collections are awash with all thing equine from the ancient to some of our latest acquisitions. This ancient Chinese jade horse was placed […]

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Definitely not ‘Point-and-Click’: Photographing the Raphael Cartoons in 1858.


In one of the V&A’s stores, kept particularly cold to preserve them, are a collection of rather unusual photographic works that I have been intrigued by for some years. They are twelve collodion glass plate negatives made in 1858 by Charles Thurston Thompson (1816—1868), the V&A’s first photographer. These negatives were used to document the […]

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Horsing Around

This week we are celebrating Chinese New Year, ringing in the Year of the Horse. The recent acquisition of Joey has put all at the V&A in a rather horsey mood, providing The Factory yet again with the perfect opportunity to search through the Word and Image collection, and pull out some of our finest […]

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Bespoke Bodies for Bespoke Brides

Without a doubt, every garment that appears in the Conservation Studio is unique in some form or another, and as a result, every mannequin has to be custom built to a certain degree, be it through padding, as shown in an earlier blog, or through close collaboration with our mannequin makers. There are going to […]

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Digital Stories: The V&A Digital Media Team Away Day 2014

The Digital Media Team recently decamped to The Museum of Childhood for our 2014 away day. Many ideas were shared and tweets sent, which have provided the perfect record of our day: [View the story “V&A Digital Media Team Away Day 2014” on Storify]

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School on the Beach

School submissions to World Beach are always a delight.
Here, from students working in stunning and remote locations towards the extremities of our planet.

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On Tour: Modern Masters

Modern Masters: Matisse, Picasso, Dalí and Warhol, curated by V&A Senior Curator Gill Saunders, opened last week at The Collection in Lincoln. Next stop on its UK tour will be Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, opening on 23 May. What is Modern Masters? Four of the 20th century’s greatest artists – Henri Matisse, Pablo […]

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