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In Shakespeare’s Shoes – poetry competition winners!

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As part of the V&A Shakespeare Festival this year, and in celebration of the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth on 23 April, the V&A teamed up with the Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network to launch a poetry competition inspired by Shakespeare. The competition asked writers to imagine what it would be like to step into the […]

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Mini Post No. 7 – Using a Raspberry Pi to watch a handbag decay

The current setup for a long duration time lapse. Its hoped that we might gain some insight into the decay rate by recording the progress over the next 6 months or so.

So a while back I posted an image of one of the plastic handbags we have here in the Conservation Science Dept. We use these non-museum objects as sacrificial lambs in the aid of heritage science. We have a second handbag that has started to dramatically decay. As we will use any excuse here in the […]

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Chinese painting print campaign

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I’m starting to share a selection of the print we produce in house here at the V&A.

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Medal Cabinet Appeal – Elizabeth Bisley, Assistant Curator

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‘This cabinet is an incredibly important example of Napoleonic design, it tells so many stories about design, craftsmanship, politics and luxury in early nineteenth-century France, and would be an amazing addition to our new European galleries.’ In this series of blogs we’re interviewing various members of staff who come in contact with the Napoleonic Medal […]

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Wedding Dresses Press pack

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I’m getting married next month so I thought I’d get in the mood and share the press pack and invites I designed for the V&A Wedding Dresses exhibition.  

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The Rise and Fall of Flappy Bird and the collecting of the V&A’s first App

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As part of the V&A’s new Rapid Response Collecting strategy, the Contemporary Architecture, Digital and Design team has collected the museum’s first app, Flappy Bird. A simple side-scrolling video game with 2D retro-style graphics, the player controls a bird attempting to fly through rows of green pipes, avoiding contact with them by tapping the phone’s […]

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Medal Cabinet Appeal – Neide Gentelini, Gallery Assistant

Nei and the Medal Cabinet in the Silver Galleries, Level 3

‘The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design; we can safeguard the cabinet and care for it, not just in the short term but for years to come, and ensure that it is on display for everyone to see.’ In this series of blogs we’re interviewing various members of staff who come […]

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Inspiring Beautiful Free shoot

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Here are some behind the scenes shots of the Inspiring Beautiful Free marketing campaign shoot. We have been working with photographer James Medcraft www.jamesmedcraft.com 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…

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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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