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Six things you didn’t know about the Society for Theatre Research (and its archive)

The V&A Department of Theatre and Performance recently acquired the 70-year archive of the Society for Theatre Research, full of correspondence, minutes, reports, manuscripts, posters, press cuttings and other ephemera – revealing histories of the campaign for university Drama departments, the abolishment of theatre censorship, and the protection of our British theatrical heritage. Assistant curator, […]

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Dr Tristram Hunt announced as new Director of the V&A

Dr Tristram Hunt

The V&A Trustees have today appointed Dr Tristram Hunt as the new Director of the V&A. Tristram has served as Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central since 2010, and was previously the Shadow Secretary of State and Shadow Minister for Education. A historian, politician, writer and broadcaster, Tristram is an expert on the eighteenth and nineteenth […]

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Intoart’s Place and Repeat programme returns to the V&A – part 2

Intoart returned to the V&A in October 2016 for the second year of their Place and Repeat programme. Intoart’s Place and Repeat programme aims to create opportunities for the artistic and professional development of people with learning disabilities working within V&A museum and their engagement with collections and archives. This year’s programme builds on Intoart artists’ […]

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Intoart’s Place and Repeat programme returns to the V&A

Intoart returned to the V&A in October 2016 for the second year of their Place and Repeat programme. Intoart’s Place and Repeat programme aims to create opportunities for the artistic and professional development of people with learning disabilities working within V&A museum and their engagement with collections and archives. This year’s programme builds on Intoart artists’ […]

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Rapid Response Collecting – Burkini and Refugee Flag

A burkini and refugee flag are the two latest acquisitions by the Museum’s Design, Architecture and Digital department, recently installed in the Rapid Response Collecting gallery. Text by Mariana Pestana, Curator of Future Design, and Kristian Volsing, Research Curator – Videogames The refugee flag was commissioned by the Refugee Nation, a not-for-profit creative project led […]

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vam.ac.uk turns 20!

Today is the 20th birthday of vam.ac.uk. Having arrived on its due date 20 years ago, it was nurtured through the early years of museum digital infancy, enjoyed all the freedom, self-discovery and turbulence of the teenage years and has grown into a sophisticated, well-adjusted and thoughtful website. Following huge reinvention earlier this year, a […]

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V&A wins best website at the IDCA Awards 2016

It’s fitting that on its 20th anniversary, the new V&A website, vam.ac.uk, has won best website at the International Design Communication Awards 2016. The IDCA awards assess and reward the best communications, design and branding strategies within the arts and museum sphere. Announced at Communicating the Museum conference in Quebec, the award is a wonderful […]

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Rethinking replication: The V&A at the Venice Biennale

This year the V&A launched its first collaboration with the Venice Biennale, in the Applied Arts Pavilion located in the Arsenale. The exhibition, ‘A World of Fragile Parts’ curated by Brendan Cormier, explores the possibilities of preserving and disseminating cultural artefacts. It showcases a selection of projects that demonstrate the latest replication technologies, posing political […]

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Halloween and Divination

Halloween as we know it today came to us from Irish and North American traditions. Besides from making turnip and pumpkin lanterns, dressing up in scary costumes and trick-or-treating, one of the popular festive activities previously associated with Halloween in Ireland was divination rituals and fortune-telling practices carried out as part of the celebration. These practices […]

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V&A Illustration Awards 2017 … who’s next?

Last week, in prepping for the opening of the 2017 V&A Illustration Awards, we found ourselves browsing through previous winners of the competition. The breath and scope of illustration styles is still astounding and every year, as the entries start rolling in, we often find ourselves wondering …which one of these artists will be next […]

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