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Mini post No. 10 – How to scare the intern…

Though my university training and this internship I have come accustomed to handling museum objects, and for the most part I’m perfectly comfortable doing this – except when it comes to the ceramics study galleries. I’ve always loved those new galleries but they have always scared me a little – something about densely packed fragile […]

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Save the Wolsey Angels: The candelabrum and the sarcophagus

With the reopening of the Weston Cast Court and the Members’ Events organised visit to St Paul’s Catherdral, we’ve been finding out a bit more about the rest of  the tomb that Cardinal Wolsey and Henry VIII had in mind. Wolsey was much inspired by Pietro Torrigiano’s gilt tomb for Henry VII at Westminster Abbey,  […]

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Raspberry Pi Project – 1st video

Last July I wrote about our project using a raspberry pi and its camera module to track the decay of a plastic handbag. The project has been running for about 4 months now and we complied the first video not so long ago. To be honest we were more than a little nervous about this […]

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In celebration of old band t-shirts

Today is BBC 6Music’s Annual Wear Your Old Band T-shirt to Work Day. In my display on the history of the T-shirt currently in the V&A’s fashion gallery, T-shirts 101, you can see two band tees of many held in both the Textiles and Fashion collection and Theatre & Performance collection. These are a tour tee […]

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Out On Display #12: My Heroes

      ‘My Heroes’ Grayson Perry England, earthenware, 1994 Bought with the assistance of Dennis and Charlotte Stevenson C.10-2009 On display in room 142     Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry regularly examines the subjects of masculinity and transvestism within his artwork. He often appears in public dressed as his female alter-ego Claire and […]

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Discovering legacies at the V&A: Steve Daszko

It’s a Wednesday evening, late September. The night is young and I find myself playing ‘spot the difference’ in the heart of the V&A’s Constable: The Making of a Master exhibition. I am with Steve Daszko, a good friend to the V&A, and we are comparing the V&A’s full-scale study of The Hay Wain with […]

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Out On Display #11: Kissing Doesn’t Kill

  ‘KISSING DOESN’T KILL, GREED AND INDIFFERENCE DO’ Designed by Gran Fury : Published by ACT UP USA, offset lithograph, 1989 Given by Shaun Cole E.472-1993 On display in room 76   Gran Fury was a collective of artists and designers dedicated to promoting AIDS/HIV awareness. They used a variety of media in their efforts […]

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T-Shirts 101 – Part 2

It is 101 years since the T-shirt, one of the world’s most ubiquitous garments, was officially recognised as outerwear. This is the second in a short series of blog posts reflecting on the garment’s history to accompany the small display in the V&A fashion galleries, drawn from the extensive collection of T-shirts in the Textiles […]

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‘A World to Win’ is on the move

‘A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution’ is on the move!  The display exploring a century of political posters came to an end at the V&A last week and the show will begin touring around the country until 2016.  I have been scouring the web for content regarding the recent referendum on Scottish […]

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Out On Display #10: Because We Must

          Costumes for Because We Must Designed by Leigh Bowery Made by Mr. Pearl London, crewel work & appliqué, 1987 S.101 & 102-2010 On display in room 105   For maverick gay artist, costume designer, club promoter and poseur, Leigh Bowery (1961-1994), fashion and clothing were an integral part of his […]

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