Faith the collector and curator

(c) Faith Eaton/V&A Museum, London

By Eloisa Rodrigues It is not easy to get into a collector’s mind and understand the reasons why someone chooses to gather selected objects to be part of something bigger. Collecting is a very meaningful occupation. It is a process of deliberative selection of a group of objects “to be lifted out of the common […]

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Intrepid Artists – William Hodges and a voyage towards the South Pole

Crew of the Resolution collecting ice for drinking water

240 years ago, on the 30th July 1775, a remarkable voyage came to an end at Portsmouth.  Having set sail in 1772 the “Resolution” and its sister ship “Adventure”, led by Captain James Cook, had spent three years traversing the Southern Hemisphere, recording previously un-charted waters and islands and making contact with their inhabitants.  On board the “Resolution” was a […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 154


The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 154 Had a request today so we find ourselves in Broad Lane, Seven Sisters and Tony’s Dry Cleaners.  Apparently as well as cracking service he has a female mannequin in the shop that has been dressed the same for at least 4 years.  So here’s from […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 153


The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 153 Willesden, got to be one of the best areas for shop frontage.  Take this beauty for example. Sticking with Hardware stores.  I wonder how long some of these shops will be around having just read this on wikipedia: In 2015, The Telegraph listed Willesden Green as one of their […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 152


The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 152 Since we are fully into the build now of the actual Tower structure I thought we could have a look at London’s hardware stores.  Chiswick today and good to see an 01 phone number.  Classic shop front. 291 Chiswick High Road Chiswick W4 4HH ©Barnaby Barford […]

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Gold, lacquer and mirrors: a figure of the Buddha from Burma

The mask was carved separately and then held in place with nails.

By Adriana Francescutto and Victor Borges, Sculpture Conservation. Here in the sculpture conservation studio, we have recently begun the treatment of an 18th to early 19th century standing figure of the Buddha. It came originally from the Kyaik Than Lan pagoda in Moulmein, Burma. It depicts the Buddha standing on a lotus bud, in a […]

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Clouds of discovery

Elements of geometry by Euclid, by Sjoerd Hofstra, Netherlands (Amsterdam): ZET, 1994. NAL barcode: 38041995101904

Around every six months we update the selection of material we offer in our group visit packages here at the National Art Library. The latest refresh has been to our Book Art package. Read on for a taster of what you could expect to see if you were to book an educational group visit with […]

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Installing the period rooms

Art Referee’s report by M. Digby Wyatt, 22 April 1869 (V&A Archive of Art and Design: MA/3/31)

The first objects to be installed into the Europe galleries were the period rooms, which are now all fully built. There are three period rooms in the galleries – a 17th-century painted French room, a late 18th-century Italian mirrored cabinet and a late 18th-century Parisian cabinet. When the old galleries were de-installed, each of these […]

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Slippery Sari Sagas and Delightful Draping


Here in Textile Conservation we are just over half way through mounting the garments for display in The Fabric of India. A few weeks ago, our studio was all a-flurry with the unwrapping of mannequins and the speedy draping of a collection of stunning and vibrant contemporary saris for publication photography. That was by no […]

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End of the Big Dig!

New basement spaces supporting the Exhibition Gallery above

We are pleased to announce that bulk excavation on the Exhibition Road Building site is now finished, after nearly 4 months of non-stop digging! While there are some areas still requiring minor excavation work, over 22,000 cubic metres of soil has been removed from site. The spaces for the new exhibitions gallery, feature staircase and back […]

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