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The Rise and Fall of Flappy Bird and the collecting of the V&A’s first App


As part of the V&A’s new Rapid Response Collecting strategy, the Contemporary Architecture, Digital and Design team has collected the museum’s first app, Flappy Bird. A simple side-scrolling video game with 2D retro-style graphics, the player controls a bird attempting to fly through rows of green pipes, avoiding contact with them by tapping the phone’s […]

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Mini Post No. 6 – How safe are your photographs?


So I have been researching about Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) over the past while and I came across this lovely example in the lab of the major danger associated with PVC. Many of us have our family photos kept in ‘plastic’ photo albums – most of these are going to be made from PVC. The biggest […]

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In a State of Undress

Wedding dress designed by John Galliano, worn by Gwen Stefani, 2002

While Victorian values have left white wedding dresses with associations of purity, some modern brides choose designs which celebrate their physicality instead. When Gwen Stefani married Gavin Rossdale on 14 September 2002, she wore a John Galliano couture dress which gave just such an impression. At the time, Gwen stated that ‘when I got engaged, […]

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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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Medal Cabinet Appeal – Neide Gentelini, Gallery Assistant

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

‘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 The shoot in the John Madejski garden was the final in the architectural series. .

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Bastille Day

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

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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Making Lock-ons with Greenpeace

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

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

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

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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