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Harvests of unbound wonders – Childhood and the Poetry of John Clare

Oh dear to us ever the scenes of our childhood The green spots we played in the school where we met The heavy old desk where we thought of the wild-wood Where we pored o’er the sums which the master had set I loved the old church-school, both inside and outside I loved the dear […]

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Photographing People and Performance: Crickmay at 80

As we mark the 80th birthday of  photographer Anthony Crickmay, Curator of Dance, Jane Pritchard, looks back at his long career. Saturday 20 May 2017 sees the 80th birthday of one of Britain’s greatest photographers, Anthony Crickmay, best known for his dance and theatre photography. There will be a display of his work opening on […]

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A Trip to Polito’s Royal Menagerie

Can you remember the first time you laid eyes on an elephant? A giraffe? A monkey? I’m sure most of us have enjoyed trips to the zoo, but it’s difficult to remember how it must have felt to see these strange animals for the first time. Today we are so accustomed to seeing all kinds of creatures from across the […]

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V&A Illustration Awards 2017 Winners Announced

On 16th of May, at a ceremony and private view here at the V&A, the winners of the 2017 V&A Illustration Awards were announced. The winner in each category received a £3,000 cash prize as well as a trophy and a certificate. As overall winner of the 2017 competition, A. Richard Allen is the recipient of the […]

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Teacup Travels episode on Cbeebies uses Museum object as inspiration – last chance to see!

A Japanese woodblock was chosen as the inspiration for a new Teacup Travels episode on Cbeebies. Teacup Travels is historical fiction for young children incorporating genuine historical artefacts into dramatic adventure stories. It is on display at the V&A South Kensington site in Japan, Room 45, Case 13 for one more week only, until Sunday […]

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From Majesty to Mass-production: Silver Lions on Show

Elkington & Co. electrotypes of the three Rosenborg Lions

This blog is published as part of the V&A Performance Festival, which ran from 21st – 30th April 2017. It has been adapted from a talk given by Assistant Curator Hanne Faurby as part of the series of talks: ‘Performing Objects’ Location: The Whiteley Galleries, gallery 89 On entering the silver galleries you will meet […]

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The new What’s On

The new What's On

Today we launched What’s On, a key product in the V&A’s digital portfolio and the latest to get a UX and brand experience overhaul following the launch of our website last April, the online shop in November, and print on demand in December. The design and user experience We knew that the user experience of […]

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New open call for nominations & applications: VARI Embedded Residency for practitioners working with data

Flight Patterns, 2005 – 2009, Aaron Koblin The Victoria & Albert Museum Research Institute (VARI) is inviting nominations and applications for a yearlong embedded residency at the Museum for practitioners working with data as their medium. The appointed resident will be based at the V&A South Kensington’s Research Department on a part-time basis between October 2017 and […]

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Outreach Project in St Vincent’s House Care Home

Meant ‘for everyone’ the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert collection features a dazzling array of enamel miniatures, elaborate micro-mosaic furniture, bejewelled snuffboxes, gold and silver decorated cups and much more, all collected by Sir Arthur (1913 – 2001) and his first wife Rosalinde (1913 – 95) to decorate their Californian retirement home.  After Rosalinde’s death with […]

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Happy Birthday Mr Punch!

Curator, Cathy Haill, celebrates the 355th anniversary of the first recorded UK appearance of popular puppet character, Mr Punch. Mr. Punch is 355 years old in May 2017.  The V&A holds the George Speaight Punch & Judy Archive, a variety of examples of Punch & Judy figures including Wal Kent’s Punch & Judy on display […]

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