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Update from Liam’s studio

Our Exhibition Road Drawing Resident Liam O’Connor has settled into his studio and is making trips to the Exhibition Road building site collecting interesting objects, inspiration and forming realationships with the construction workers. Liam has been making sketches of the site as well as experimenting with the materials that are left as waste by the […]

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The T/Shirt Issue – first V&A blog post

Hello and welcome to our first blog post!  We’re about to embark on a journey to the centre of the V&A and would very much like to share this special experience with you. Hosted by both the Museum and the Goethe Institut London, our Digital Design Residency will run from April until the end of […]

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The Children’s Room: ‘An interesting experiment’

Today we take it for granted that our museums and galleries offer their young visitors diverse and engaging learning activities and programmes designed to fire their creativity and imaginations.At the V&A, we want families to come and explore, enjoy and be inspired by our wonderful collections and spaces. In the early twentieth century, however, museums […]

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Behind the scenes preparation ahead of The Big Day – Wedding Window install!

Meet Charlene, Visual Merchandiser, always bouncing with fun clever ideas for our shop’s window displays, but we think this one might just take the biscuit! How to prepare for the big day?! So many things, so little time, everything HAS to be perfect! Luckily we have Charlene & team who have it all covered. Let […]

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Ratti pitch sheet

This large sheet of paper, 1.5 m long, is called a pitch sheet. Pitch sheets – or carta prova as they are called in Italian – are a medium of communication between the textile designer and textile manufacturer. The sheet will show the full repeat of a textile design and capture all the colours that […]

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Seeing the Brides Before their Big Day

The curation of an exhibition is a collaboration between many museum departments and professionals, each with their own set role and expertise. When the exhibition includes loans or contemporary pieces, that collaboration extends to include key lenders and designers, in order to incorporate them in the decision making process. As the installation progresses and nears […]

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Come see our ceramics artist during Open Studio

On Saturday we held our first open studio for our ceramics artist in resident, Nao Mastunaga. Nao has been searching the collections and gathering inspiration to create works that look into otherworldly ideas surrounding mythical animals and their physical representations. He has been working on sketches on paper and in clay which whilst being standalone […]

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Innovation and Individuality for a 1960s Bride

The installation team for Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 have now moved onto the mezzanine level of the gallery space, and one of the first objects to be installed is one that demonstrates how individuality became a key feature of outfits worn by modern brides from the 1960s onwards. Pictured above are Jewellery Designers Wendy Ramshaw and […]

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The Sorry Tale of Saint Ursula

For sheer drama and eccentric plot, there is little to beat ‘The Martyrdom of St Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins,’ a Northern Renaissance painting which shows poor Ursula and her companions being slaughtered by a band of Huns. The picture can be found in room 50b, within the Medieval and Renaissance galleries. According to legend, […]

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Mount Making

Many of the 1000+ objects are going in to the new Europe Galleries will require support in order to ensure they are displayed safely. This support will be in the form of custom-made mounts. Mounts can be required for a variety of practical and aesthetic reasons: To support fragile or weak objects To enable objects […]

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