Shekou Design Museum - signed model

Building of the Shekou Design Museum to commence!

Some exciting news from Shenzhen! Martin Roth (Director of the V&A), Tim Reeve (COO), Olivia Colling (Head of Press and Communication), Luisa Mengoni (senior V&A curator seconded to the V&A Shekou project) and I joined last week the ground-breaking ceremony for the upcoming Shekou Design Museum. This festive gathering organised by our partner China Merchants […]

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Installation image of Tate Baby House, W.9-1930. (c) V&A Museum, London

Dearest daughter in law

In the Tate’s fine Manor House, Mrs Johanna Tate has received a letter from her mother-in-law. Johanna’s first pregnancy is a cause of nervous excitement, and everybody has advice of one sort or another. We can read over her shoulder: 12th March 1795 Johanna, Are you confined yet my dear? You must be very large […]

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Researching & Writing a Gallery Book: The Pains of Editing

Today we have a second guest post from Kirsty, a student on placement from the University of Glasgow. Another aspect of my research for the gallery book concentrated on the shops and guilds which were a major aspect of commerce in the eighteenth century. I chose to look at a mixture of source material. One of the […]

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The dress in textile conservation before any investigation.

Conservation of a Vionnet Dress: Treatment begins…

The dress appears much dirtier in the bright conservation studio than in the dark store!  The beginning stages of any treatment is to assess the object thoroughly, through looking, taking photographs and taking patterns and measurements.  A more detailed treatment plan can be formed.  Any testing and material identification can be carried out at this […]

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Panamericana (flag 1) version II, 2011 by Alexandre da Cunha, courtesy of the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery

Brazil Contemporary Event at the V&A – Part 2 Livia Rezende

Part 2 - Historical overview of the concept of Modernism in Brazilian design: Livia Rezende,  Tutor in History of Design, Victoria and Albert Museum / Royal College of Art     With the generous support of the Embassy of Brazil in London, the Victoria and Albert Museum  brings together practitioners, writers, academics and curators working in Brazil […]

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Jenny and one of the Wolsey Angels in our Medieval and Renaissance Gallery, Room 50.

Save the Wolsey Angels – Jenny Wedgbury, Acting Programme Manager for Families

‘I think the Wolsey Angels should be saved and remain on display at the V&A because they’re beautiful and enigmatic, and a great example of early renaissance sculpture in Britain.’ In this series of blogs we’re interviewing various members of staff who come in contact with the Wolsey Angels which we are currently trying to […]

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William Morris and the Hammersmith Socialist League, c.1880
© Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Romantic idealists

  In 1947, the immediate post-war period, the V&A Circulation department recruited three women who were to become legendary curators in their own V&A lifetime and beyond: Elizabeth Aslin (furniture), Shirley Bury (metalwork) and Barbara Morris (textiles, glass and ceramics).  In the late 1940s, a time of progressive socialism not just austerity, Bury and Morris […]

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'After Willow' designed by Robert Dawson for Wedgwood, 2005 (V&A C.300-2009) Given by Josiah Wedgwood and Sons

Beyond Willow

One of the themes of the V&A display Blue and White: British Printed Ceramics explores the ‘Willow’ pattern, one of the most famous British ceramic designs. The scene of a temple with bridge, boat and willow tree was inspired by images found on Chinese ceramics, but was the creation of British manufacturers in the late-18th century. […]

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