Brownie Vecta, camera, designed by Kenneth Grange and manufactured  by Kodak, England, ca. 1964 V&A CIRC.124-1965 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

‘A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words’ Part I

Part of my job on the Europe Galleries project is to co-ordinate photography of the objects going in to the galleries. I need to ensure that, when the galleries open, there will be up-to-date, high quality photographs available for every single one of the 1000+ objects. Most importantly for members of the public, it will […]

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Cigarette box, made by Archibald Knox, made in Birmingham, UK, 1903-4. M.15-1970
Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

The Bed Box

Wonderful story about how the Museum acquired a silver box, as well as drawings, by Archibald Knox from the potter Rosemary Wren.  The speaker is David Coachworth who came to work in the V&A in 1963, now retired. Rosemary’s mother, the potter Denise Wren, had been a student of Knox’s and couldn’t resist buying the box with money she was supposed […]

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E.3853-1960, print showing St. Ignatius of Loyola, Wierix, (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

St. Ignatius of Loyola

Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) is an important figure in world Catholicism, but appears little-known in Britain, probably due to the break of the English church from papal authority under Henry VIII. His life was not exactly a classic saint’s tale; he started out as a proud and vainglorious man but he later, when living in […]

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Mew-seum Cat Day!

Just as I was about to leave the Museum this evening, I discovered that today is in fact Museum Cat Day! After getting over the disappointment I felt at having not been aware of this momentous celebration of all things feline and ‘museumy’(?!), I set about tracking down some cats which will be taking up […]

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In the stores  © Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent

Always be prepared

With just under seven months until the Blue and White: British Printed Ceramics display opens preparation is fully underway. Research began in 2013 with visits to the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, the Wedgwood Museum and the Spode Museum Trust in Stoke-on-Trent to explore their collections of blue and white. Working with the curators Miranda […]

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Detail of 303-1887, showing a horseman (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

ZAXAPIOY, where are you?

This morning I oversaw an appointment for a PhD student studying some of our archaeological textiles. The glitzy, fabulous V&A might not seem the most obvious residence for objects of this type. In fact a visitor might even be inclined to think that the venerable British Museum, who have recently audited and rehoused their Egyptian […]

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Silk-satin wedding dress and Honiton veil worn by Eliza Clay, 1865

A Dress with a View

Wedding dresses are designed with a particular ceremony and site in mind. Beyond the symbolic and ceremonial associations incorporated in its design, such a dress is also created to dazzle and to move in a very particular setting. Therefore, whether it is decorated to catch the candle light of a church, or cut to swirl […]

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Completed image that will grace the building site hoarding. © Claire Rye.

Community art in the material world

Definitely settled in as Community Artist: collaborating with local art projects, connecting with the V&A collections and mapping out my own artistic concerns. First off, spray painting at the Henry Dickens Court Community Centre. Local children working with TMO, Steph Perkins and lead artist, Claire Rye, have produced a great picture that will be attached to […]

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