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Code Liberation

Code Liberation arcade at V&A Friday Late, November 2016 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Ever wanted to make an interactive toy or game but not known how? In this workshop series starting July and ending in an exhibition of projects at the Digital Design Weekend as part of London Design Festival, we will teach you everything you need to get off the ground in the world of game design. Video […]

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Printers’ ornaments: documenting the anonymous

One of the books I looked at in my last post was John Ball’s translation of Pierre Gilles’ ‘De topographia Constantinopoleos’[i]. For the purposes of the post I was interested in the etched and engraved illustrations by John Tinney, but I also noticed this charming woodcut: At first sight, you might think it an illustration […]

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Guest Post: Michelangelo’s David – Part 3: Constructing a full-scale model

Lead sculptor smoothing finish surface coat of plaster. Image courtesy of the 20th Century Fox

Author Chris Seagers is an Art Director and Production Designer who recently collaborated with Ridley Scott on Alien: Covenant (2017). In the Alien: Covenant script, director Ridley Scott wanted to create a prologue sequence. This would be an engagement between a synthetic (Michael Fassbender) and his maker (Guy Pearce) in a philosophical conversation ‘if you […]

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Experiments with Azurite on the History of Design MA Course

Grinding with a muller

As part of the V&A/RCA History of Design MA course, during the spring term students have the chance to explore early modern making techniques as a form of historical research through practice.  With the support of V&A curators, conservators and tutors, students recreate early modern recipes to reflect on practices of making and the nature […]

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Watery Wonders: Spectacular Aquatic Entertainment – Part 2 Venice Comes to London

In this second post of the series marking the forthcoming 250th anniversary of modern circus, Curator, Cathy Haill, explores the history of aquatic pageants at Olympia Exhibition Hall, London. The biggest and most profitable single aquatic spectacle that London had ever seen opened at the Olympia Exhibition Hall on the 26th December 1891. Joseph Lyons, […]

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Guest post: Michelangelo’s David – Part 2: By-product of the movie industry allows for historical investigation of David’s cast

Data being captured with LiDAR laser scanner (foreground) and photography (background). Image Johanna Puisto © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Jonathan Fletcher MRICS is a Technical Specialist at Plowman Craven, UK’s leading specialist chartered surveyors in 3D scanning.   One of the most famous statues in the world is Michelangelo’s depiction of David as he stands poised to face the giant Goliath, armed with the latest technology of his time, a trebuchet sling. Armed with […]

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Recording console from The Dark Side of the Moon

The V&A are displaying the iconic Abbey Road Studio’s EMI TG12345 Mk IV Recording Console used between 1971 – 1983, a star attraction for the Pink Floyd : their mortal remains Exhibition. Amongst the recordings made on this console was their landmark album The Dark Side of the Moon. The recording console located in Studio […]

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Michelangelo’s David – Part 1: Creating virtual copies of casts

Plaster figure of Michelangelo's David (Mus.no. Repro.161-1857) during scanning at the Weston Cast Court Gallery. Image ©Plowman Craven

I often receive enquiries about the V&A’s plaster cast of Michelangelo’s David (Mus.no. 161-1857), which I have been researching since I cleaned and conserved it between 2013-14. Last year I received an unusual request for a 3D scan of the cast so a 1:1 physical model could be generated and used as a featured prop […]

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A Feast Fit for the Last Tsar

When Nicholas II was crowned as Tsar in an elaborate coronation ceremony on 26 May 1896 he was not to know that his abdication in 1917 would end the Romanov dynasty that had ruled since 1613. In the Prints and Drawings collection we have a memento from Nicholas’ coronation – a beautifully decorated menu from […]

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20 May 1867. A milestone in the history of the Royal Albert Hall

On this very day 150 years ago, Queen Victoria went from Windsor Castle to South Kensington to lay the foundation stone of the Royal Albert Hall. She reported in her diary: A muggy dull day. At ½ p. 10 started for London. A little rain had been falling, the sky was heavy and the air oppressive, […]

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