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Melancholy Machines

© Victoria & Albert Museum, London Last Friday we welcomed Maike Zimmermann and former sound artist in Residence Jason Singh to the V&A for a public workshop around their ongoing project, Melancholy Machines. The project investigates the relationships between improvised sound and video projection, cut-up aesthetics and the collaboration of their talents in VJing, beatboxing and […]

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Nei and the Medal Cabinet in the Silver Galleries, Level 3

Medal Cabinet Appeal – Neide Gentelini, Gallery Assistant

‘The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design; we can safeguard the cabinet and care for it, not just in the short term but for years to come, and ensure that it is on display for everyone to see.’ In this series of blogs we’re interviewing various members of staff who come […]

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Designing the Prix Pictet Workshops

Sourcing man altered landscapes on Google Earth © Victoria & Albert Museum Now in its 10th year the Prix Pictet Prize awards one photographer whose work brings to light social and environmental concerns facing the planet; previous open ended themes for the competition include Power and Earth and have been won by blockbuster names such […]

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Inspiring Beautiful Free shoot

Here are some behind the scenes shots of the Inspiring Beautiful Free marketing campaign shoot. We have been working with photographer James Medcraft www.jamesmedcraft.com The shoot in the John Madejski garden was the final in the architectural series. .

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The Storming of the Bastille, detail of T.63-1936 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Bastille Day

Today is Bastille Day! Bastille Day (formally called Fête Nationale in France) commemorates one of the most famous events of the French Revolution – the day when Parisian revolutionaries stormed the Bastille on July 14th, 1789. The Bastille was a royal fortress which commanded the eastern side of Paris and was considered to symbolise the monarch’s despotism. The […]

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Touring the Greenpeace’s workshop. Photograph by Victoria Jessops.

Making Lock-ons with Greenpeace

Vikki Jessop is Lead Technician for ‘Disobedient Objects’, and always ready to fix the many complex problems the exhibition throws at her.  In this post Vikki takes a break from installing our exhibition to discuss how she learned to make lock-ons with Greenpeace.   I think if my mother knew just exactly how much time I’d spent researching how […]

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Curators and technicians discussing the structure of the fountain © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

‘In the middle of the Table was [a] Fountain … ‘

Over the past three days, visitors to the Museum have had the opportunity to have a sneak preview of one of Museum’s great hidden treasures which will be going into the new Europe Galleries. Technicians, conservators and ceramics curators have been working in the Raphael Court, assembling the many parts of our impressive Meissen ceramic table […]

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Photograph by Jérémie Dubé-Lavigne. ©Jérémie Dubé-Lavigne

Spread the Red: solidarity in Quebec

Faced with a significant rise in their university tuition fees, students in Montreal successfully took action by demonstrating their opposition in record numbers for most of 2012.  Dubbed by some as ‘The Maple Spring’, their carefully organized actions led to a tuition freeze on 5 September 2012. This blog post explores their struggle through the […]

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Actor Paul Jesson who plays Cardinal Wolsey in the RSC productions of Wolf Hall and Bringing Up the Bodies

Save the Wolsey Angels – Paul Jesson helps launch the campaign

“The recovery of Wolsey’s angels is one of those miracles that historians pray for; something that seems irrevocably lost has been there all the time. To claim the angels for the nation would connect us to one of the liveliest eras of our history and one of its most remarkable men.” – Hilary Mantel   […]

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The Gift List – 10 Traditional Wedding Gifts – Glass + Metal

Utopia & Utility  – The Perfect Marriage (take notes newlyweds)* These exquisitely made vessels combine the functional with the fantastical and it is therefore no wonder that they have made it onto our very exclusive, VIP only,  Gift List of 10 traditional wedding gifts.  After all, are these sentiments of utopia and utility, the fantastical […]

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