Have you played our AWARD WINNING game Luxury Time yet?


We are all very excited here in the Digital Media team at the V&A at having just won Silver in the Freshest Game category at the annual Fresh Awards for our online game Luxury Time. Luxury Time was conceived and designed by the amazing design agency The Beautiful Meme and built by the equally talented, […]

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Every Donkey has his Carte de Visite.

Satirical card showing a dog delivering a carte-de-visite

In 1854, a Frenchman, André Adolphe Eugène Disdéri, patented a new form of photograph called the carte de visite. These were small images, typically about 54 mm × 89 mm, mounted on thicker cards that measured 64 by 100 mm; about the same size as visiting-cards (literally, carte de visite). Disidéri’s invention meant that multiple copies […]

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Music to our ears – the Boissart mandore


It is always rather rousing to hear how museum objects can inspire, inform and entertain people in such a variety of ways. I’m particularly interested in when historic objects instigate or influence the making of a contemporary piece. This meant that last week I was very pleased to receive an email from Ian Pittaway letting […]

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Storing an ever growing collection

The National Art Library‘s collection grows at a rate of around 7000 items per year, meaning that we are constantly looking at ways of maximizing the space available in our stores. We currently store our books in seventeen different locations around the Museum, but with finite space available every inch counts! With this in mind […]

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Fabric of India: Texture and Textiles


Over a series of workshops, V&A Learning has invited a community of collaborators to explore traditional ways of making and the crafts employed in Indian textile manufacture. Together with artist Raksha Patel practical workshops prepare for a shared exhibition of work to be hosted at the V&A in Nov 2015, as part of the Festival of […]

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Art of Cartapesta Demonstration

Victor Borges

On Sunday 13 September there was a fascinating drop-in demonstration on the Art of Cartapesta, an event which forms part of the Robert H. Smith Renaissance Sculpture programme.  Victor Borges, a Senior Conservator at the V&A who has worked on cartapesta objects in the Collection, took enthralled visitors through the materials and techniques which might […]

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Guest Post: Renuka Reddy’s Adventures in Chintz

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We’re open! This past weekend The Fabric of India received its first visitors, and the response has been overwhelming.  Lest you fear our opening means the end of our blogging, be reassured. Following our opening week, The Fabric of India blog will continue to bring you behind-the-scenes perspectives, share the fascinating stories behind the exhibition’s objects, […]

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Art and Science in Amsterdam


Following her visit to Liège, Project Curator Liz Miller has once more brought back some interesting new insights from her travels. —- On the 17th and 18th September 2015 I was fortunate to attend an international conference in Amsterdam on Art and Science in the Early Modern Low Countries (1560-1730), jointly organised by Huygens Institute for the History of […]

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The Serials: From Harlem to Dickens to Trollope

A Tale of Two Cities

In the last episode I left you hanging – I was on the run with KK pursued by her ex-boyfriend, with a loaded shotgun. He had reason – half his family was running away to England. We –  KK, her three year old son Arrow and I – had sought refuge with the neighbour, a […]

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Our Favourite Things: Final Edition


  Tomorrow we finally officially open our doors. The process of developing and installing The Fabric of India has been challenging: a true feat of research, conservation, and logistical engineering. But it has also been inspiring. Beyond the magic of the objects themselves, the dedication of all the staff involved in putting up this show has […]

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