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V&A Illustration Award winners, 2014,

V&A Illustration Awards Open for Submissions

We are pleased to announce that the online entry system for the 2015 V&A Illustration Awards is now open. The Awards have been running since 1972 and aim to celebrate the best in published and student illustration from this year. If you are a professional illustrator either living in the UK or publishing work here […]

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Queues at the Martin Gropius Bau to see the David Bowie exhibition.

On Tour: David Bowie is

David Bowie is… open at the MCA, Chicago The exhibition has travelled all the way from Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin to Chicago, where it will be on display until 4 January 2015. The MCA is the only US venue for this ground breaking exhibition. “This exhibition repatriates David Bowie, the musical innovator, into the […]

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The Darwin image under the XRF machine head. (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Mini Post No. 9 – Sometimes we get things wrong!

Let me begin with a little confession – while we like to think of ourselves as immune to them, sometimes we make silly mistakes. This happened most recently when we began the XRF analysis of some Julia Margaret Cameron photographs to see if the images had been tinted with other elements like gold. Many of […]

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CIS:E.152-2011

Out On Display #6: Unite to Fight!

                    Unite to Fight           Su Negrin, Inkworks Press           USA, offset lithograph, 1976           Given by Greenwich Mural Workshop           E.152-2011           On display in room 90     This […]

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Tray of Jasper Trials, 1773

Art Fund – Wedgwood Collection saved

Today the Art Fund announced that they have managed to raise the full £15.75m needed to save the Wedgwood Collection, 2 months ahead of their target, making this the fastest fundraising campaign in the Art Fund’s 111 year history. Launched on the 1st September with £13m already secured, the Art Fund turned to the public […]

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Portrait of François Boucher, reception piece by Gustaf Lundberg for the Académie Royale de Peinture presented on January 28, 1741. Musée du Louvre

Born on this Day: François Boucher

Having caught the autumnal lurgy which seems to be making its way around the city at the moment, I was off work yesterday. This meant that I’ve been pipped to the post by the V&A’s Facebook page in marking the birthday of the French court painter, draughtsman and etcher François Boucher. I’ve refrained from changing […]

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Barlaston shape teapot and cover in 'Summer Sky' pattern, 1955;

Art Fund appeal: Save the Wedgwood Collection

  The Art Fund are currently running an appeal to save the Wedgwood Collection from being separated and sold off. They have until the 30 November to raise the £15.75 m needed to ensure that one of the most significant industrial archives, consisting of over 80,000 objects and spanning over 250 years of history, remains […]

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Width 5cm each, with various lengths, ca. 1945/1950; V&A Archive of Art and Design GC10/1

A vintage fashion mystery

Dress trimmings for Rosalinde Gilbert Models Sometimes even with our combined efforts, the V&A’s curatorial team can only get marginally closer to solving the mysteries posed by even the most intriguing pieces. This is very much the case with four petite ornaments made of vibrant red resin, a light faux turquoise and faux pearls. The […]

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Boy touching replica lion's skull

What can we learn from watching groups of visitors using digital museum exhibits?

There is a lot written about digital technologies and how they might help visitors engage within museums. However, this is often very focussed solely on technical aspects and frequently seems to assume that people will use this tech as intended. But of course, people bring their own ideas, habits and preferences to the tech, and it cannot be assumed that […]

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Andrew Graham Dixon speaks at the opening of Constable: The Making of a Master

Andrew Graham Dixon opens Constable: The Making of a Master

On 17th September 2014 at the launch of Constable: The Making of a Master, art critic and broadcaster Andrew Graham Dixon spoke about the painter, his radical approach, working methods and lasting legacy. Open to the public from 20 September 2014 – 11 January 2015. Constable: The Making of Master reveals the hidden stories of how […]

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