Digital Media at the V&A

We’re a team of techies, developers, writers, strategists and media makers, responsible for all things digital in the V&A. You’ll find our work on websites, apps, in galleries and on your smartphones and tablets.

Learn about the exciting projects we are developing and keep up to date with our latest news and ideas. We also share our insights and opinions on the most recent developments in the ever-changing world of digital media.

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The new What’s On

The new What's On

Today we launched What’s On, a key product in the V&A’s digital portfolio and the latest to get a UX and brand experience overhaul following the launch of our website last April, the online shop in November, and print on demand in December. The design and user experience We knew that the user experience of […]

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Search the Collections – Nightly Updates and More

Swan

As regular users may have noticed, there have been some small – but significant changes to the V&A’s Search the Collections (StC) website in the last few months. This post gives a brief overview of the changes of most relevance to users of StC, which is otherwise serenely gliding along, as it has since 2009.  […]

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IIIF Workshop & Showcase Report

Last week I attended the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) workshop and showcase organised to great effect by the University of Edinburgh & the National Library of Scotland. As discussed in previous posts, IIIF is a new approach that allows museums and galleries to display and unify their collection images online. Workshop The workshop (run as an Unconference) provided […]

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Tools of Rebellion

Navigational tools of rebellion

‘Tools of Rebellion’ was a working title for a collection of eight articles we produced to support the exhibition, You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966 – 70. These articles are united around a common theme of contemporary, creative activists who use their own tools of rebellion to highlight positive causes. To link each of these articles […]

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Persistent Identifiers for the Humanities (workshop report)

Velasquez: design for a mosaic in the Museum (the 'Kensington Valhalla'), ca. 1871, Edwin Long, 27-1873

Practical people, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any interest in persistent identifiers, will soon find themselves the victim of broken website links. Keynes (much modified) Background Although seemingly a rather abstract topic, the issue of how we assign identifiers that remain persistent for objects, both physical (e.g. object identifiers as used in museums for […]

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Choosing the right yardstick: What research tools to use when in the digital development process

I felt something of an imposter speaking at the recent (and nattily titled) Scottish Network on Digital Cultural Resources Evaluation Symposium – #EDCR2016 – which brought together academics and researchers working in the field of cultural and heritage content: I’m not an academic, nor a researcher. Nor Scottish. But research is part of the daily workings […]

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V&A Collection – Trends Report 2016

Hill Top by night, Beatrix Potter, 1913, BP.294

UPDATED Post (17 Jan 2017): A slightly revised version of the top 20 searches from 2016. The initial list from before Christmas counted page views for a search, so a visitor paging through 100 pages of results for “Shoes” would be counted as 100 searches. For a different view of the data, this list is […]

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V&A wins best website at the IDCA Awards 2016

It’s fitting that on its 20th anniversary, the new V&A website, vam.ac.uk, has won best website at the International Design Communication Awards 2016. The IDCA awards assess and reward the best communications, design and branding strategies within the arts and museum sphere. Announced at Communicating the Museum conference in Quebec, the award is a wonderful […]

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Restoring the (Digital) Dead

Over the 20+ years the V&A website has existed, there have been many different approaches taken to displaying our objects to the visitor; from the very first images on the site in 1994, to annotated, zoomable images in 2016. As web technologies have come and gone, web features such as these, and indeed whole web […]

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IIIF at the V&A

Museums have been making their collections meta-data available digitally through websites & APIs for some time now (since 2009 for our Search the Collections and the V&A Collections API) , allowing academics and other researchers to examine object records and aggregate them across multiple museum collections. However there has not been the equivalent ability for researchers […]

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