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

Plaster figure of Michelangelo's David ( 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 ( 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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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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