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Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s the fourth Thursday in November, which for all of our American friends can only mean one thing: Thanksgiving. Here are a few collections highlights from the good old US of A to help celebrate the big day. The most important element of any Thanksgiving feast is the turkey. Unfortunately, the lady in this 19th-century […]

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V&A experts discover a new oil sketch by John Constable

V&A experts have discovered a previously unrecorded oil sketch by John Constable. The newly discovered work was concealed beneath a lining canvas on the reverse of Branch Hill Pond: Hampstead. It will now go on public display in the Paintings Galleries. The recent discovery was made by V&A conservators Clare Richardson and Nicola Costaras while […]

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A little Movember inspiration

The nights are drawing in, leaves are falling from the trees at an alarming rate and there seems to be far more moustachioed men around than usual. Of course, it’s not just November, it is also Movember. And as the month nears its close, the charitably hirsute menfolk of the world will need to put […]

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Trajan’s Column: 1900 years

This week the V&A and the Romanian Cultural Institute launch a programme of events to celebrate the 1900th anniversary of Trajan’s Column and 140 years of the V&A’s Cast Courts. Historian Dan Snow comments “There are few more wonderful treasures in the UK than the meticulously reproduced Trajan’s Column in the V&A. It’s a mine […]

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Prix Pictet Shortlist Announced

From 22 May – 14 June 2014, the V&A will be hosting an exhibition of works from the 2014 Prix Pictet – the global award in photography and sustainability. The shortlist of 11 artists selected for the Fifth Cycle of the Prix Pictet, on the theme of Consumption, was announced last night in Paris. Adam […]

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The Art of Fireworks

With Bonfire Night tonight, and Diwali celebrations last weekend, the sky has been particularly full of colourful sparks recently. But you don’t always have to gaze up to the night sky to see a beautiful display. Take a look in the V&A’s collections and you will discover that fireworks have been inspiring artists all over […]

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Don’t have nightmares!

It’s that time of year again, when the supernatural starts to stir and everything gets a little bit spookier. To get you in the mood for some trick or treating, we’ve been down to the crypt and dug up some terrifyingly ghoulish items from the collections. Let’s ease ourselves in with something that’s not too […]

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What’s the Future of 3D Printing?

As part of the London Design Festival at the V&A 2013, the Science Museum joined forces with the V&A to present an inspiring panel discussion on the future of 3D printing. With the V&A’s Hochhauser Auditorium packed to the rafters, visitors listened to a panel of scientists and technical experts discuss their views on 3D […]

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

EDIT: Please note that from 22 September 2014 Joey will be on loan to Lightbox Gallery in Woking for their exhibition The Horse at War: 1914 – 1918 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 […]

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Latest acquisition funded by Samsung for the Korean Collection at the V&A: Aggregation10-SE032RED

We are delighted to announce that the V&A has a new addition to its growing Korean Collection. Aggregation10-SE032RED is part of a series of new acquisitions purchased in the last year with the generous support of Samsung. This large contemporary ‘relief-painting’ is made by the artist Chun Kwang-Young, renowned for his creative and innovative use […]

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