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UNBOXING METIS – Silvia Weidenbach’s jewellery as performance at the V&A

Silvia Weidenbach is the V&A’s first Gilbert Collection Resident at the V&A, exploring a collection that embodies the luxury, extravagance and precious beauty of the 17th and 18th century ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’. Feeling at the beginning like a kid in a candy shop, Silvia has spent the past few months thinking about those elements of […]

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VARI Artist in Residence Call: Opening the Cabinet, Histories of Slavery and Slave-Ownership

We are delighted to announce our new call for artists who are keen to engage with the histories of slavery and slave-ownership that are ‘hidden in plain sight’ within in the museum, as part of the V&A Research Institute (VARI) Opening the Cabinet of Curiosities project. The selected artist will be encouraged to engage with […]

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Hospital Passion Play

Seventy performers, including a choir of twenty stroke survivors and a Shout at Cancer choir consisting of eleven people who had their voice boxes removed as a result of throat surgery were joined by Garsington adult community chorus to perform live on the stage at the Victoria & Albert Museum.  Their live performances were delivered […]

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Dames on Display!

To celebrate National Panto Day, Curator Cathy Haill looks at the Pantomime Dame costumes new to the display in Theatre and Performance Galleries. Installing recent acquisitions in the galleries is always a delight, especially when you can invite people associated with them to meet the staff who have worked on them, and see them on […]

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New Acquisition: X-Ray Series Woven Sculpture by Rita Parniczky

X-Ray Series Woven Sculpture, Rita Parniczky, 2010

The Textiles & Fashion collection recently acquired a striking and innovative ‘woven sculpture’ by artist Rita Parniczky. The example of her work was kindly donated by the Worshipful Company of Weavers, which had had the piece on display since its commission in 2010. We invited Rita to visit the Clothworkers’ Centre and see this example […]

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Inspired By… 2018: call for entries

'Messenger of Love' by Victoria Flower

Entry to our art and design competition Inspired by… in partnership with Morley College London is now open. We invite you to get inspired by our current displays at the V&A South Kensington, the V&A Museum of Childhood and our collections online to create new work in response to an object or artwork that excites […]

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Building the Royal Albert Hall: Embroidery and Education in South Kensington

Hanging the Hammercloth

This is the last in a series of blog posts by students of the V&A/RCA History of Design MA programme, composed to accompany the ‘Building the Royal Albert Hall’ display, which is now in its last few weeks. It can be see at the V&A in Room 127 (the entrance to the Architecture Gallery) until […]

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The Twelve Days of Christmas at Clothworkers’: Pear Wood Walking Stick

Carved ivy

Throughout December and January I’ll be posting blogs inspired by the well-known Christmas song “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Each blog will focus on a V&A textiles and fashion object related to one of the twelve gifts featured in the song. And all of the objects that I’ll discuss are currently housed at the Clothworkers’ […]

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Conservation of a Christmas Cracker

‘Totem Cracker’ after treatment, showing the stabilised orange gelatine film and reshaped ends

Alice Woodward, MA Student, University of Northumbria Paper conservators usually work on flat works, but in some cases are presented with the challenges of conserving three-dimensional objects comprised of mixed materials. This article focuses on the conservation of a rather unusual three-dimensional object – a Christmas cracker from 1927 (S.26-2007), in preparation for a Christmas […]

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Cast Courts Update

The scaffolding in Gallery 46A has now been taken down, and so now once again it’s possible to view the whole gallery and some of the museum’s largest objects. This gallery will remain closed until November 2018, but can still be viewed from the balcony level in Gallery 111. Overall the scaffolding took three months […]

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