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Introducing…The Leman Album

The Leman album, an enhanced facsimile, is one of the V&A Research Institute’s (VARI)first ‘named’ projects. Containing some 97 vibrantly coloured designs for woven silk by the second-generation Huguenot émigré, James Leman (b.1688), the designs were produced between 1706 and 1716.   They are the earliest known dated designs for woven silk and at some stage in their lifetime were […]

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Coat Tales: Celebrating Creative Collaborations

A creative collaboration hit the catwalk in the heart of Hackney last night. The fashion show featured the final works created in the PROTOTYPE project between the London College of Fashion (LCF) and mums from Morningside Children’s Centre, Hackney. The clothes were designed for and modelled by the women’s children.   PROTOTYPE was a 14-week […]

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The V&A Exhibition road ticketing screens

The unveiling of the newly installed ticketing screens in the V&A's new Exhibitio road Quarter

Earlier this year, with only two months until the new V&A Exhibition Road Quarter opened it’s doors to the public, I was given the rather urgent task of designing a digital interface, to allow visitors to buy tickets from self-service kiosks. The starting point for the digital design aspect of this project was certainly unusual. The concept had been conceived […]

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“The Vienna Museum” Catalogue of Emperor Rudloph II

Rudolf II Holy Roman Emperor is famous as perhaps the greatest art collector of his age. He was also a great supporter of astrology (Nostradamus wrote his horoscopes), alchemy (he hired the alchemist John Dee to turn metal into gold) and mystics (his lifelong quest was to find the philosophers stone) and his castle complex […]

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Vivien Leigh in 3D

To mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Vivien Leigh in 1967, Keith Lodwick highlights an area of Leigh’s archive previously unknown to the public: Leigh’s passion for 3D stereoscopic photography. The V&A acquired the archive of the legendary British film and theatre actress Vivien Leigh (1913-1967) in 2013. The archive includes many never-before-seen records […]

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Avani Tanya announced as the new V&A South Asian Collections Resident

We are delighted to announce Avani Tanya as our new V&A South Asian Collections Resident between July and the end of September 2017. Avani is an interdisciplinary artist working with image, text, found objects and sculpture. Guided by an interest in the nature of memory and forms of storytelling, her practice primarily involves research, collecting […]

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Silvia Weidenbach Open Studio with artisanal perfumer Nicola Pozzani

Silvia Weidenbach: V&A Gilbert Collection Resident Open Studio 19.00 – 21.00 Friday 30 June 2017 Artist Studio, Sackler Centre for Arts Education, V&A Silvia Weidenbach is our first Gilbert Collection Resident at the V&A between April – September 2017. In her work, she fuses traditional goldsmithing and silversmithing techniques with new technologies of the haptic arm […]

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Co-production with Families

Last summer the V&A Museum of Childhood opened up its spaces to the local community in the spirit of co-production and creativity. Nine artist collectives and individuals collaborated with the public to create a growing display at the Museum, using the building and collections as inspiration. Over the summer, 4,590 visitors got creative in Our […]

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Black Sabbath: An Alternative Counterculture

Alice Ridgway examines the imagery used by the band, Black Sabbath, and their role in defining a heavy metal subculture. The V&A Department of Theatre and Performance holds a large collection of Rock and Pop memorabilia. This assortment of posters, t-shirts, badges, concert tickets and other ephemera allows an insight into pop and sub cultures […]

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A prayer book fit for a king

Figure 1. The Nativity by Jean Bourdichon (1499), E.949-2003 © Victoria and Albert Museum.

What would a medieval king’s prayer book look like? If you search the collections of the V&A you can find a manuscript page which was originally part of the Book of Hours of Louis XII, king of France between 1498 and 1515. This Book of Hours, a type of devotional prayer book popular in medieval […]

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