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On Tour: David Bowie is

David Bowie is open at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. The exhibition has travelled all the way from the Museum of Image and Sound in Brazil to Germany, where it will be on display until 10 August 2014. David Bowie has close ties with Berlin, the “Berlin Triology”, which includes the albums Low (1977), Heroes (1977) […]

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V&A Illustration Awards 2014 Shortlist Announced

We are very excited to announce the 2014 shortlist for our annual V&A Illustration Awards. This year our judges included two Art Directors, Gary Cochran from the Telegraph and Peter Dyer from Profile Books, joining them was our very own Director of Design, Moira Gemmill.   To choose our Student Award winners were illustrator and […]

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Objecting to apartheid: building a non-stop protest in 1980s’ London

For four years, in the late 1980s, anti-apartheid protestors maintained a continuous protest outside the South African Embassy in London. South Africa House occupies the whole of the east side of Trafalgar Square. Its stonework exudes power and privilege. In contrast, the Non-Stop Picket for the release of Nelson Mandela appeared fragile and ephemeral. Materially, it […]

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Best of the Best

There were definitely no soggy bottoms last night as Sue Perkins presented us with not just one but a trio of awards at the Museum and Heritage Awards 2014. We were delighted to receive the Best of the Best award, Best Temporary or Touring Exhibition for David Bowie is… and the Innovation award for our […]

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With All My Hartnell

A couple of days before the exhibition launched, I had a surprise – but very welcome – visitor. Mrs Laurel Robinson, formerly Laurel Heath, one of the bride’s whose dresses we have on display, had flown in from her home in Ibiza to attend the Private View, and just couldn’t wait any longer to take […]

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The Gift List – 10 Traditional Wedding Gifts – The Welsh Lovespoon

One could go so far as to say the Victoria and Albert Museum was built on love, with the story of our very own Victoria and Albert. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were closely involved in the formation of the Museum at South Kensington that would eventually bear their name, and many of the early […]

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OUT OF OFFICE: Wedding Hair Accessories Makeover Day

A couple of weeks ago our Designer Reena and I escaped the office for a day of pampering to showcase our accessories for the V&A Shop Wedding Dresses range The brief: modeling hair accessories. We of course presumed our faces would not show in the final images and so we jumped at the chance and […]

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Mini Post No.1- How we calibrate our science kit

We calibrated the XRF machine this week – how often do you get your hands on these weird metals… (Every now and then I will do a mini post between the regular, larger posts; normally these posts will be just a photo or a very short piece of writing – they will show more of […]

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The Comic Book Community

The initial connection with a comic book milieu was in the early 1970s. I’d been evicted from my pokey little flat in the World’s End, Chelsea; bath in the kitchen, shared lavatory, paraffin heater, the relentless roar of traffic and the smell of pollution – bad news for someone with an asthma history. However, compared […]

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Week 7: If loving a goat is wrong, we don’t want to be right

During the last two weeks we have been going through the museum to scan the first objects we found both good-looking (e.g. Narcissus, Museum no. 7560-1861) and interesting. Ticking both boxes, the life-sized, porcelain Meissen goat (Museum no. C.111-1932) evoked great feelings of joy with all of us and so it was agreed that this had to be our first Muse. The goat is one of […]

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