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ICOM Rio 2013: Part 2

Dana Andrew is currently attending ICOM’s 23rd General Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which is focussing on museums’ ability to work with the content of their collections or research in a creative way to make a positive influence on society. In this post, Dana gives her first impressions of Rio and the beginning of […]

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Vivien Leigh's Diary

The V&A Acquires the Vivien Leigh Archive

We are delighted to announce that the V&A has acquired the archive of the legendary British film and theatre actress Vivien Leigh (1913 – 1967) in the centenary of her birth. The archive includes many never-before-seen records including letters, diaries, visitor books, scripts and photographs. Volume of press cuttings about Vivien Leigh’s role in Gone […]

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ICOM Rio 2013: Part 1

Thanks to a bursary from the British Council and ICOM UK, with additional support from the V&A, I am fortunate to attend ICOM’s 23rd General Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 10 – 17 August 2013. Not only do I face the challenge of navigating a huge general conference for the first time, I […]

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As the past week has seen England retain the Ashes, we thought it was about time we stepped up to the crease to reveal some items in our collections that will be of interest to anyone who knows their LBW from their Duckworth-Lewis method. The Game of Cricket, jug, Lowestoft porcelain factory, 1769 – 1770. […]

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Happy Anniversary, London 2012: The Olympic Cauldron Model

Today is the one year anniversary of the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympics, and to mark the occasion Thomas Heatherwick’s cauldron model has been installed on display in the Prints and Drawings Study Room. The model arrives in the Study Room and is taken out of its packing crate. © Abraham Thomas The […]

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Health to the Little Stranger

As news of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby grips the nation, we thought it was time to show you some of the items in our collections fit for a new royal arrival.  An essential item for any baby is, of course, a cradle. This beautiful example was designed in 1861 by the architect […]

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The V&A Launches a Series of Free Podcasts

The V&A has launched a fortnightly series of podcasts revealing the work that goes on behind the scenes of the world’s leading art and design museum. Topics range from the challenges of curating exhibitions about performance, to ways of preventing art theft. Hosted by the V&A’s Head of Research, Glenn Adamson, each podcast lasts around […]

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Anyone for tennis?

Have your strawberries and cream at the ready, because today is the start of the 2013 Wimbledon championships. To celebrate this much-loved date in the sporting calendar, we’ve delved into our collections to bring you some special tennis-related objects. Tennis Rackets Sunglasses, Oliver Goldsmith Eyewear, 1956, Museum no. T.243E-1990. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London […]

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Jewellery given by the Prince Regent for the wedding of Princess Charlotte acquired by the V&A

The V&A has acquired a rare set of peridot gems mounted in gold by the royal jeweller, Rundell, Bridge & Rundell in 1816, thanks to the generosity of private donors. (left) Handwritten note from Princess Elizabeth to Miss Cotes, 30 April, 1816, (right) Peridot gems given to Mis

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Creating a Buzz: Meet the V&A Bees

The V&A is proud to announce that on the 4th April, a delivery of four honey bee hives arrived at the Museum. After much logistical effort, including the reinstatement of an historic winching system, the bees were hoisted onto the roof and located in a sheltered part of seven acre roof space. With a flight […]

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