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Jean Qui Pleure and the struggle with reading (Part II)

Though uncomfortable for us to look at, Jean Qui Pleure, like so many objects on display at the Museum of Childhood, forces us as viewers to do the necessary work of considering the darker side of the social and cultural history of childhood. This object is in some ways testament to the experience of schooling […]

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Jean Qui Pleure and the struggle with reading (Part I)

“Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested” (Francis Bacon, Essays (1625), ‘Of Studies’)   Wearing a version of the “dunce cap”, not classically conical but clearly identifiable by the attached donkey ears and worn out inscription of the word “dunce”, Jean holds his book […]

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Drawing Dresses

With Fashioned from Nature  opening tomorrow, we hope you will enjoy Eileen’s amazing sketches of a walking dress from 1885 as much as we do. Written and drawn by Eileen Budd, Artist and Project Manager and Co-Investigator for VARI Residencies As an artist, working at the V&A is a constant source of inspiration for my […]

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Hwagak: the brilliant horn technique

Clamping during the consolidation of the lifting horn

Tristram Bainbridge Furniture Conservator   A brightly-coloured Korean lidded box, made in the nineteenth century from reverse-painted horn in the late Choson dynasty (1392-1910), was treated for the Lustrous Surfaces display: a cross-cultural showcase of Asian lacquer throughout the Museum (Figure 1). Small panels of ox horn were painted on the reverse and adhered to […]

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Architectural Models?

Didier Faustino's This is not a love song occupied Bedford Square in 2015 as part of Faustino’s exhibition Undomesticated Places. The installation was designed to be a ‘platform in the urban environment’. It fulfilled Faustino’s intention by becoming, amongst other things, a backdrop for a motorbike selfie and a stage for a jazz quartet.

This post has been written by Vanessa Norwood, one of the leading curators of architecture in the UK. Vanessa is a Network Partner in Architectural models in context: creativity, skill and spectacle, an AHRC-funded research network hosted at the V&A.  It could be said that the claim I am about to make is a step too far. […]

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The deadly nature of fashion

This April, the Fashioned from Nature exhibition opens at the V&A Museum in South Kensington, where it will explore the complex relationship between fashion and nature. Spanning four centuries, the exhibition will feature fashionable dress and textiles, natural history specimens, as well as key manufacturing processes, and it invites visitors to think about the materials […]

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The Expanding Fan

Written by Susan Catcher, Senior Paper Conservator One of the Asian fans included in the Fashioned from Nature exhibition due to open 21 April 2018 required extensive conservation treatment in order to allow the concertina movement to fully function and the fan to open and close safely. This fan, FE.29-1980, is constructed of painted ivory […]

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Culture in Crisis: April Update

Spring is finally with us, and the 2018 programme for Culture in Crisis is in full swing. Over the next few months we have an exciting schedule of podcasts, talks, seminars and a blockbuster international conference taking place – find out more details below!   Listen to our latest audio recording for The ‘Preservation by […]

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Guest Post: The restoration of Michelangelo’s David and the interventions by Clemente Papi

Fig 2. Hypothetical virtual reconstruction of the gilding on the David in 1504 (digital elaboration by Artmedia Studio, Florence). Image courtesy of the Artmedia Studio, Florence.

Franca Falletti is the Former Director of Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence The Granduke of Tuscany commissioned from Clemente Papi a plaster mould and a copy of the sculpture of the David by Michelangelo, on 29 August 1846.[1] Soon afterwards, Papi also made a wax mould in preparation for a bronze copy of the statue, because he […]

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Introducing the Fashioned from Nature Blog

We’re excited to launch our blog for our upcoming exhibition Fashioned from Nature (opening 21 April 2018).  We’ll be taking you behind the scenes and reveal what goes into putting on a show of this scale.  You’ll be hearing from the people involved, from the curator, conservators, and designers, to the front of house staff, […]

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