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The V&A Now – 2013/2014

Last year the V&A attracted record visitor attendance for the fourth time in row – over 3.3 million people came through our doors at South Kensington to look, to learn and to be inspired. We had some amazing exhibitions last year. 2013 saw the tail end of Hollywood Costume which featured some of the most […]

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Romance & Love at the V&A

As February, the month of love and St Valentine’s Day, draws to a close, I wanted to share a few examples of romantic gestures that can be found on display at the V&A. Given by Gerald Harris, in memory of his wife Sylvia, this locket encapsulates a romantic gesture with its heart shaped padlock form […]

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Taking the Train: Mounting, Packing and Touring the Wedding Dress of Margaret Whigham

Among the star objects in Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 is this stunning dress was worn by the acclaimed society beauty and gossip columnists’ favourite Margaret Whigham, for her 1933 wedding to Charles Sweeny. Their wedding took place on February 21st 1933 at Brompton Oratory, London, and crowds of people gathered to catch a glimpse of the […]

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Leeds Data Mill – What happens when a whole major city shares its data?

Culture in Numbers was the first event by Leeds Data Mill, an ambitious new collective organisation looking to gather and utilise data about the whole of Leeds. Here’s a Storify review of a great day – lots of interesting insights and reflections on the practicalities. [<a href=”//storify.com/rosemarybeetle/leeds-data-mill-culture-in-numbers” target=”_blank”>View the story “Leeds Data Mill Culture-in-Numbers” on […]

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Happy Birthday Honoré!

Today we celebrate the birthday of the lithographer Honoré Daumier, born on 26th February, 1808. A staunch republican, he produced over 4000 lithographs in his lifetime, chronicling, commenting on, and, most importantly, sartirising the tumultuous nineteenth century French politics and society he lived and worked through. His exposure to four different political regimes, namely the […]

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New English Calligraphy – China in the V&A

All good things must come to an end, and for the exhibition Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700 – 1900 that was the case on Sunday 19th Jan 2014. But, you still have until this Sunday, the opportunity to visit the John Madejski Garden at the V&A to enjoy Travelling to the Wonderland, an installation by […]

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Shades of Grey

I have to admit that many of the tasks I most enjoy are those which necessitate bringing together a number of museum objects in the same space. Placed together, objects seem to become more ‘alive’ as their various colours and textures draw out and highlight a range of different qualities in each other. So this […]

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Looking forward to my residency

My name is Liam O’Connor and from the 1 April this year, I will have a studio at the V&A as the Exhibition Road drawing resident. I’ll have access to this studio for a whole year and will be looking at documenting and working with the building site that will eventually be the site of […]

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Under the Sea

Inspired by a visit to the London Aquarium, I recently spent a pleasurable hour trawling through the Factory, looking at the fish in our collection. Aside from offering endless pun possibilities, fish have significance in all cultures. They act as food and economy for many river and coastal towns, are the basis for one of […]

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Friday Late ‘Sound It Out’: Boiler Room Reflections

The first Friday Late of 2014, ‘Sound It Out’, saw an incredible 5812 visitors to the Museum to experience a night dedicated to the exploration of music’s relationship to technology – from analogue to digital, from live streaming to digital manipulation. A large part of the evening’s success, no doubt, was the involvement of Boiler […]

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