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Thomas Gainsborough’s Showbox

Did you know that the V&A holds in its collections over 2000 British and European oil paintings? They include works by several influential artists, including the renowned 18th century painter Thomas Gainsborough, who was born on this day in 1727. The Painter’s Two Daughters, oil painting, by Thomas Gainsborough, about 1758. Museum no. F.9. © […]

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National Funding Scheme Launches at the V&A

By Brodie Lyon, Annual Fund and Appeals Manager.The V&A is working with the National Funding scheme to help launch DONATE, a digital platform that aims to increase giving to the arts. At the moment we’re one of just 11 organisations involved, and they span a number of different types; from huge, national galleries to small, touring theatre companies, it’s about supporting the arts at all levels, up and down the country.

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Victorian gardening for children

By Frances Willis, Acting Frederick Warne Curator of Children’s LiteratureAs this week is National Gardening Week in the UK it seems a good time to consider gardening as an inspirational source of subject matter within the world of illustrated books. More specifically we’ll take a look at the V&A’s rich holdings in Victorian and turn of the century children’s books on this subject matter.

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Inspirations from the Archive

Opening our archive to young designers and makers is an important activity for the V&A. The display Inspirations from the Archive now showing in gallery 68 until June 30th 2013 reveals the results of a fruitful collaboration with some young silversmiths.

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Inspirational Collectors: Anne and Fernand Renier

By Frances Willis, Acting Frederick Warne Curator of Children’s Literature. Since 1967, the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) has chosen Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, 2 April to call attention to children’s books and to publicise and celebrate a love of reading worldwide.

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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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Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus! (Happy St David’s Day!)

1 March marks St David’s day. So it’s time to wear your daffodils with pride and celebrate all things Welsh.

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V&A’s Frank Lloyd Wright room on view at Tate Britain

By Christopher Wilk, Keeper, Furniture, Textiles & Fashion Department. In an installation commissioned for Tate Britain’s major Kurt Schwitters exhibition, the artist Adam Chodzko has reconfigured the V&A’s Kaufmann Office designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.  Designed in 1937, the office was used by Edgar Kaufmann in his Pittsburgh department store until his death […]

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The Power of Love

By Sue PrichardWhen I agreed to give the lunchtime lecture ‘Making Love at the V&A’ I had no idea the title would generate such a flurry of anticipation, and indeed trepidation. 'Timeout’ appeared to be a little disappointed, describing it as ‘perhaps unfortunately not what it sounds like’. One member of the audience made no bones about it ‘I hope this isn’t going to be embarrassing’. Oh dear – who would have thought that such a short word could create such havoc.

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The Year of the Snake

Sunday 10 February marks Chinese New Year. As the year of the Dragon ends and the year of the Snake begins, what better time to celebrate all things serpentine?

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