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V&A at the Venice Architecture Biennale


A small group from the V&A’s Contemporary Architecture Design and Digital team were in Venice last week for the opening of the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale. Curated this year by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and his office OMA, the theme is ‘Fundamentals’, zooming in on the various elements of which all architecture is inevitably composed. […]

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A Charming Bride to Be


We’ve all been a little over excited this week in the build up to a certain surprise. When Jonathan Lim took his girlfriend Sunhye Moon to see ‘Wedding Dresses 1775-2014’ on Thursday afternoon, little did she know she’d be leaving the exhibition as a bride to be. Jonathan had really done his research, and had […]

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Prix Pictet: Digital Kids


As part of the V&A hosting this year’s Prix Pictet exhibition, we are inviting families to come and create their own work inspired by artists in the show. The Prix Pictet is a photography prize which shows series of works that investigate issues around sustainability. Each year has a specific theme, with this year’s being […]

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Defend The Right To Strike: The Grunwick Strike & Banner


Banners, the first objects visitors will see in ‘Disobedient Objects’, are an integral part of many generations’ images of protest. In this post, Dr. Evan Smith explores the Gurnwick strike and discusses the banner featured in our forthcoming exhibition.   Defend The Right To Strike: The Grunwick Strike & Banner On 23 August, 1976, a […]

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V&A acquires the Glastonbury Archive


Visiting Worthy Farm, the home of the Glastonbury Festival is an amazing experience at any time of the year but in the weeks before ‘curtain-up’ it is a fascinating insight into the creativity of the world’s longest running music and performing arts festival. The 44 year old family of Glastonbury come together to create the […]

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Mini Post No. 4 – How we prepare samples

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The nice people over that the Getty Conservation Institute have just released their new newsletter for Spring 2014. It deals with all things plastic and has a great article on the research they carried out on animation cels from old Disney films. You can find a pdf of the newsletter here. In other news… The science conservation department […]

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The V&A Collections World Cup Squad The Football World Cup in Brazil is about to kick-off, so to celebrate we thought we’d put together a dream team drawn from our collections. With a strong representation of players from the Word & Image Department, as well as Ceramics and Theatre & Performance, plus a manager who has […]

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We are Museums 2014 – Innovation in Warsaw!


What happens when you gather a load of enthusiastic people together for two intense days of best-practise experience mashed up with hands-on digital service design workshops, out in beautiful museums and galleries? This is We are Museums 2014, which this year was in the lovely city of Warsaw, Poland. Enthusiasm The event is refreshingly action-based. […]

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Open Call for V&A Elephant & Castle Mini Maker Faire Commission

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To celebrate the second year of Elephant & Castle Mini Maker Faire, the Digital Programmes team at the V&A are very pleased to announce an open call for the commission of an interactive installation to be exhibited at the Maker Faire. On Saturday 15th November 2014, the Maker Faire will be back in London will […]

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International Archives Day: New Art Furniture exhibition 1901 – an ‘exceedingly vulgar show’

Today is International Archives Day (yes, we have our own day!) so I thought I’d use our archives to illustrate one of the more controversial episodes in the V&A’s otherwise long and distinguished history of object collecting and display. ‘An exceedingly vulgar show’ (The Times) ‘Ill-mannered specimens of upstart art … the delirious art of men […]

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