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Scientific Analysis of a Tunic from Egypt

By Stuart Frost and Elin Simonsson I posted a blog entry about a conservation work on an eighth century tunic in the V&A’s collections in June 2007. A great deal of work has taken place since then. The red wool tunic, with appliqué tapestry decoration, is a rare survival. It was excavated from a burial ground in […]

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Rebuilding the Renaissance City

Stuart Frost On any project there are significant milestones, key dates by which critical stages on the road to completion have been reached. For the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries project one of these was reached on Friday 26th September. Regular visitors to the V&A will have become used to the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries hoarding in […]

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Rudolph II and Prague: On Location Part Four

By Stuart Frost ‘It is generally agreed amongst the Catholics in Prague that the Emperor has been bewitched and is in league with the devil. I have been shown the chair in which His Majesty sits when holding conversations with the Prince of Darkness himself. I have seen the little bell His Majesty uses whenever […]

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Donatello and Florence: On Location Part Three

By Stuart Frost Last week I was fortunate enough to spend three days in Florence with chief curator Peta Motture working on the second of our three People and Place gallery films. Filming the location footage for Donatello and Florence posed a different set of challenges to the Charlemagne and Aachen film the previous week. […]

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Charlemagne and Aachen: On Location Part Two

By Stuart Frost I promised regular updates on progress with the development of six gallery films and so here is the first of several. Location filming for the Charlemagne and Aachen gallery film took place in Germany earlier this week. This film is part of a series that aims to contextualise key objects in the V&A’s collection by […]

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On Location Part One

By Stuart Frost Where did the summer go? Is it really September already? Time certainly seems to be flying by. Work is progressing on the project at a rapid rate. My main priority at the moment is six short gallery films for the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries. Each film focuses on one object, two examples of which are illustrated here. Click […]

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A Medieval (and Renaissance) Marvel!

By Stuart Frost How many of you can identify the object that illustrates this blog entry I wonder? Not many I suspect. Any Daily Mail readers who read page 21 of the edition published on Wednesday 6th August will have a better chance of identifying it than most.  This bulky green artefact is what the Mail, […]

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New York, New York!

By Stuart Frost I spent last weekend visiting friends and family in York. The city’s museums hold some tremendously rare survivals but anyone with an interest in medieval history will know the architectural riches that York offers. York Minster, the largest medieval cathedral in England, is full of graceful architectural detail and other historically important treasures. […]

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Tintagel Castle and Arthurian Myth

By Stuart Frost The pictures that I’ve reproduced here are of the ruins of Tintagel Castle, the remains of which cling perilously to the north Cornish coastline. Tintagel is linked intimately with the legend of King Arthur. Given the popularity of Arthurian Romance in north European medieval culture, especially literature, I’m surprised that I haven’t […]

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Tangled Up in Time

By Stuart Frost There are so many colleagues working on so many different aspects of the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries project that it is difficult to know where to start when trying to update people about progress. In fact I won’t even try to be comprehensive. At the moment every member of the project is […]

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