Detail of C.325-1928 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Pope St. Cornelius

Pope Cornelius’ short reign in the middle of the 3rd century (251 – 253) was consistent with the tradition of early Christian leaders being a generally unlucky bunch. Some of the age’s biggest cheeses were against him: two Roman Emperors and an Antipope.   Literary evidence suggests that Cornelius was not born to a wealthy family; extant […]

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Issue 6 V&A Online Journal

Issue 6 of the V&A Online Journal Just Released

Issue 6 of the V&A Online Journal is now available to read here.   In this issue, each article uncovers the hidden histories embedded in objects: from computer-generated art and design, through a rare manuscript written by an 18th-century artisan, to the Museum’s collection of theatrical prompt books. Each author, in taking seriously the seemingly […]

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William Beckford

Out On Display #3: The Scandalous Collectors

  William Beckford T. A. Dean after Sir Joshua Reynolds P.R.A. England (London), mezzotint engraving on paper, c.1800 E.2046-1919 On display in room 120   Cravat Grinling Gibbons England, carved limewood, c.1690 W.181-1928 On display in room 118A   Art collecting and ‘deviance’ were linked in the eighteenth-century imagination. Many of the leading collectors, most […]

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Dr Kate Aspinall delivering a paper entitled 'the Pasmore Report? Reflections on the Coldstream Report and its Legacy' at Art School Educated conference in Tate Britain, 11-12 September.

Art School Educated: Reflections on a Conference

On 11-12 September I attended the Art School Educated conference at Tate Britain which represented the culmination of a five year AHRC funded research project investigating the impact of the art education on artistic production from the 1960s to the present day and its relationship to the wider themes of education, culture and society. The […]

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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 5 Jochen Volz

Part 5 – Introduction of the Principles behind the Imhotim Contemporary Art Museum Jochen Volz, Serpentine Gallery, Head of Programmes; Instituto Inhotim, Curator     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 and the UK in […]

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Whiteladies House. W.3-1937 (c) V&A Museum, London

Illuminating dolls’ houses

Lighting is vital for creating a particular atmosphere at home. Do you want it to be rich or minimal, soft and warm or stark and clinical? Developing our approach to lighting our dolls’ houses, we had to balance safety and protection for these treasured historic museum objects, with finding the right interpretive light effects to bring each […]

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Adapted from the cover design of the book accompanying the British Museum / BBC Radio 4 Series (Publ. Allen Lane, Penguin Group, 2010).

Object stories

The idea behind ‘A history of an OBJECT in 100 worlds’ was to turn Neil MacGregor’s landmark project ‘A history of the WORLD in 100 objects’  on its head so that, rather than “telling history through things” – which is what McGregor states museums are for – we would tell the history of things – […]

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Bike

Gearing up for the next cycle: Design Culture Salon Series Three

Programming the Design Culture Salons, now entering their third series, is undoubtedly my favourite job here at the V&A Museum. It allows me to reflect upon some of the hot topics that are emerging in contemporary design and I spend a lot of time tracing these through conversations inside and outside the museum, with fellow researchers […]

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