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V&A acquires the original Joey puppet from the National Theatre’s West End stage production of War Horse

We are delighted to announce that Handspring Puppet Company have donated Joey, the original West End puppet from War Horse, the National Theatre’s award-winning stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel. Joey in the V&A John Madejski Garden, Nicholas Hart (Head), Stuart Angell (Heart), Thomas Goodridge (Hind). © Victoria and Albert Museum, London War Horse tells […]

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The V&A Acquires the Vivien Leigh Archive

We are delighted to announce that the V&A has acquired the archive of the legendary British film and theatre actress Vivien Leigh (1913 – 1967) in the centenary of her birth. The archive includes many never-before-seen records including letters, diaries, visitor books, scripts and photographs. Volume of press cuttings about Vivien Leigh’s role in Gone […]

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The V&A Launches a Series of Free Podcasts

The V&A has launched a fortnightly series of podcasts revealing the work that goes on behind the scenes of the world’s leading art and design museum. Topics range from the challenges of curating exhibitions about performance, to ways of preventing art theft. Hosted by the V&A’s Head of Research, Glenn Adamson, each podcast lasts around […]

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Jewellery given by the Prince Regent for the wedding of Princess Charlotte acquired by the V&A

The V&A has acquired a rare set of peridot gems mounted in gold by the royal jeweller, Rundell, Bridge & Rundell in 1816, thanks to the generosity of private donors. (left) Handwritten note from Princess Elizabeth to Miss Cotes, 30 April, 1816, (right) Peridot gems given to Mis

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G8 Posters by Peter Kennard

Peter Kennard, one of Britain’s longest-standing and most influential activist artists, has released a series of posters in response to the G8 Summit hosted this week (17-18 June) in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.  The posters (which are re-workings of photomontages from his book @Earth) are statements of dissent and distrust towards the activities of the leaders […]

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Georg Baselitz sculpture to be installed in the V&A’s John Madejski Garden this summer

This summer a monumental three-figure sculpture by Georg Baselitz, one of Germany’s most celebrated living artists, will be installed in the John Madejski Garden. It has been created in response to Antonio Canova’s neoclassical sculpture The Three Graces (1814-1817) recently redisplayed at the V&A. Baselitz’s Untitled (2013), standing over 3.5 meters high, is a contemporary […]

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Meet our first ever Game Designer in Residence

Regular readers of the V&A Network may remember that back in January the Museum put out a call for a resident games designer. The residency is a partnership between the V&A, V&A at Dundee, the University of Abertay Dundee and the Association for UK Interactive Entertainment (Ukie), the games industry body. We are pleased to […]

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Tilda Swinton’s dinner speech at the opening of David Bowie is

Dear DaveWhen I asked you if you wanted me to say anything here tonightYou said 'Only three words, one of them testicular..'So i'll pass that onHere I am at surely the most eclectic of all the London branches of Bowie Anonymous

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V&A Games Design Residency – Call for Proposals

The V&A is inviting applications from early to mid-career UK-based digital games designers who wish to develop their practice in response to the V&A’s Britain 1500 – 1900 galleries.

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Scheduled maintenance affecting web services

Advanced notice of temporary website disruption On Saturday 27 October 2012, the Museum will be undertaking essential work to update technical infrastructure in the building. This will affect access to some services that are delivered on the web. This work is scheduled to start at 09.00 and be completed by approximately 23.00. The main website […]

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