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Inspiring Beautiful Free shoot


Here are some behind the scenes shots of the Inspiring Beautiful Free marketing campaign shoot. We have been working with photographer James Medcraft The shoot in the John Madejski garden was the final in the architectural series. .

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Save the Wolsey Angels – Paul Jesson helps launch the campaign

Actor Paul Jesson who plays Cardinal Wolsey in the RSC productions of Wolf Hall and Bringing Up the Bodies

“The recovery of Wolsey’s angels is one of those miracles that historians pray for; something that seems irrevocably lost has been there all the time. To claim the angels for the nation would connect us to one of the liveliest eras of our history and one of its most remarkable men.” – Hilary Mantel   […]

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Glastonbury Festival Pack Down…

The Glastonbury Free Press

The happy revellers have left another great Glastonbury Festival and the pack down – theatre’s biggest ‘get out!’ – is over. Extremely organised site and production management oversee the de-install of the pop-up festival and the landscape re-emerges, ready for the return of the dairy cows. The pack down is an exciting time for the museum curators […]

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Glastonbury Festival Signs, Banners and Posters

Signage at Glastonbury Festival

The Glastonbury Festival pay close attention to the small details in everything as well as masterminding the big picture. This can be seen in the careful, thoughtful presentation of words and graphics. The festival is rich in text and they enrich its character and connectivity with the audiences. Words to show you the way, make […]

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Glastonbury Festival: A Patchwork of Film and Sound

The Binaural sound tent at Glastonbury Festival

How do you capture and preserve the essence of a festival which spans 900 acres with thousands of performers, entertaining audiences of over 120,000 on site, watched on TV by millions? The V&A has been documenting and collecting stories and imagery from this year’s festival which will become part of the Glastonbury archive and will […]

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Staging the Spectacular at Glastonbury Festival

The Spider

As the sun set over Worthy Farm thunderstorms filled the skies and provided a dramatic backcloth to the Glastonbury stage. With nightfall the festival became a playground of light, movement and sound where following the Glastonbury tribes was a rich, powerful, synaesthetic experience. We encountered performances that were epic and spectacular and some that were […]

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From Green Futures to Shangri-la

Green Futures at Glastonbury

Putting up your tent in the rain at Glasto feels like a festival rite of passage, a great induction test to archiving one of the greatest cultural phenomena of our time. A huge amount of respect and admiration goes to all the talented, creative and organised teams of people who make the whole festival possible. […]

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Meet Tony Cordy – Founder of the Kidzfield at Glastonbury Festival


This year marks the first time the V&A packs its tent and sets off excitedly to Glastonbury to experience the sights, smells and sounds of the world’s largest greenfield festival. But in amongst the excitement there is also a more serious element to the V&A’s involvement at this year’s festival. The V&A is collaborating with […]

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V&A Chairman Sir Paul Ruddock awarded prestigious Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award

Sir Paul Ruddock with Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award, 2014. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

We are delighted that V&A Chairman Sir Paul Ruddock has been awarded the prestigious de la Culture Arts Patronage Award and been recognised at international level for his commitment to the arts. Paul has worked tirelessly for the V&A since the 1990s and has been on the Board of Trustees since 2002, and Chairman since 2007. […]

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Winter is Coming


While TV viewers are still reeling from the events of last night’s Game of Thrones finale, we’ve been thinking about possibilities for a little Museum expansion. We’ve got locations in South Kensington and Bethnal Green, with big plans for Dundee and the Olympic Park, but what if the V&A were to open up in Westeros? […]

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