Planning for V&A Collections API v2


The V&A Collections API launched in 2009 with the development of the award winning Search the Collections website, now providing RESTful access to the V&A collections data  of over one million objects and over half a million images. Following on from the re-developed main V&A website  we will also be updating the Collections API, adding […]

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Time for Time

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by Charlotte Johnson, Assistant Curator   Time seems straightforward. It is a constant part of our everyday lives; when we look at the time on our smartphones’ lock screen, when we glance down at our watches, even when watching intently as the seconds count down to the ping of the microwave. Clocks and watches have […]

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Peter Brook: From Archive to Action, Oral History Project

Image from Lord of the Flies directed by Peter Brook © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

As part of the Peter Brook: Archives to Action project, we’ve been speaking to practitioners and performers who have worked with or been inspired by Peter Brook, as well as audience members who experienced many of his key productions. From Helen Mirren to Adrian Lester, Peter Brook has worked with a wide range of actors […]

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V&A Illustration Awards: Interview with David McConochie – Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year


What is David McConochie’s secret? In the space of a year, he’s bagged two prestigious illustration awards and a lucrative commission for The Folio Society. He’s just been crowned Winner of the V&A Illustration Awards and to mark the opening of the 2016 Illustration Awards display, I caught up with David to find out more […]

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National Art Library late May bank holiday weekend closure

A reminder to all our users that the second bank holiday in May will soon be upon us and that the National Art Library will be closed for the weekend.  We close at 18.30 on Friday 27th May, and will re-open at 10.00 on Tuesday 31st May. You can order your items ahead of your visit for […]

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Inspired by…

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Monday night saw the opening of Inspired by…, an exhibition showcasing new artwork made by adult learners from across the UK, inspired by the V&A’s collection. The quality of the work submitted was impressive and I was honoured to be invited to select the winner for ‘Digital Media’, a category introduced to the competition for […]

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Skeleton suits – The Enlightenment’s onesie?

Unknown boy, perhaps Sir Frederick Augustus D'Este (1794-1848). Copyright Victoria and Albert Museum

Restrictive or liberating: skeleton suits have divided opinion since they first appeared in the late 1770s. Developed during the period of Enlightenment as an alternative to miniature versions of adult clothes; their design was informed by the clothing reforms advocated by physician and philosophers John Locke and Jean-Jacque Rousseau. Locke wrote in Some Thoughts Concerning […]

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Crossing the line: acting into leadership


This is the Morlaix staircase, an object beautifully displayed in the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries of the V&A. It is over 11 metres tall and comes from a house in the town of Morlaix, in Brittany, France. The question it poses for me is: “When did it stop being a staircase and become a museum […]

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Harold Cohen and ‘A Tapestry for Today’

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Guest blog by Joanna Weddell, who holds an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award with the V&A Museum and the University of Brighton researching Disseminating Design, a project on the post-war regional impact of the V&A Circulation Department. This blog commemorates the artist Harold Cohen (1928-2016). In 1968 the V&A Circulation Department (Circ) sent the travelling exhibition A Tapestry for Today to schools of […]

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365 Gold Boxes

Opificio delle pietre dure, c. 1800, Florence, Italy, museum no. Loan:Gilbert.439-2008 | The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

New V&A Pinterest Board Sir Arthur Gilbert was born on 16 May 1913, today would have been his 103rd birthday. The collection he and his first wife Rosalinde created is now at the V&A and comprises around 220 glorious boxes and related masterpieces. From late 2016 you will once more be able to enjoy these […]

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