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Illustrating the Process is a Process

Museum Outside the Box illustration by Eileen Budd

One of my responsibilities as Project Manager for VARI, is tracking and documenting the progress of our projects.  I’m a big fan of the classics for this; spreadsheets and report writing, but its always struck me there are some things these methods miss out on. We often talk about projects as if they are clockwork objects, you simply look […]

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Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s self-portrait: a forgotten loan

Photograph of Self-Portrait of Lourens Alma Tadema

The other weekend I visited the Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity  exhibition (7 July – 29 October 2017) at Leighton House Museum. Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836–1912) was a Dutch-born artist who settled in London in 1870 following the death of his first wife; he is best known today for his striking renditions of opulence and excess […]

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Parallel Worlds 2017 – a videogame design conference

parallel worlds 2017

In Collaboration with London College of Communication Saturday 30 September 2017, 10:30 – 17:15 Book Online – £25 full price, £20 concessions, £15 student What does it take to build a world? We’re pleased to announce that Parallel Worlds, the V&A’s conference dedicated to videogame design and culture, will be returning Saturday 30 September 2017. […]

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The Land of OZ: Cataloguing the Felix Dennis OZ Archive

Archive Assistant, Alice Ridgway, gives an introduction to the Felix Dennis OZ Archive and the challenges in cataloguing the collection. Earlier this year the V&A Department of Theatre and Peformance acquired the Felix Dennis OZ archive. Felix Dennis was the co-editor of the underground magazine published between 1967 and 1973. The magazine was renowned for its […]

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The Guard Book Project – Photographic Styles and Techniques : A Snapshot of Change

10 Iinch by 8 inch plate camera by Bukre & James

Photographic Style & Techniques : A Snapshot of Change 1930 – 49 The current sequence of this digitisation project involves the pages of the Guard Books 1930 – 1949, and it has enabled us to look some of the differences, or indeed, the similarities of the process of photographing an object, during this period as compared […]

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The Guard Book Project

Portrait of a female by Raphael, pencil drawing, said to be the model for his Madonnas

This project is the digitisation of The Guard Book Archive of Black & White Photographs taken by the Museum between 1856 – 1997. First of all what is a Guard Book?, other terms could be, an Album, Store Book, Scrapbook, Folder, Guard Box, the list could go on, but one word is important, the word Guard, to […]

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Art Auction Catalogue Price Lists

The art market is a financial market. In 2015 it was worth about £41 billion, with around half of that going through public auctions. Prices go up and prices go down but it is a truism that art follows money. A random example, a Malevich self portrait. Bought for £163,000 in 2004 at Christie’s and subsequently sold for […]

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Challenges of treating a Mosquito drop tank

Janna Mostert and Nigel Bamforth adhering Reemay with hide glue

Dr Nigel Bamforth, Senior Furniture Conservator Janna Mostert, Furniture Intern In preparation for the ‘Plywood: Material of the Modern World’ exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Furniture and Wood Conservation Studio treated an auxiliary aviation ‘drop’ tank, a supplementary fuel tank carried by aircraft, loaned by the de Havilland Aircraft Museum for display […]

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Family fun: the design secrets behind Secret Seekers

This is a glimpse into the design process behind Secret Seekers, the V&A’s new game for families, starting with a three day onsite ‘Creative Sprint’ at the V&A and ending at the glamorous launch of the new Exhibition Road Quarter on a balmy June evening. A great game starts with a great brief and the […]

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Heaven in hand

Heaven in hand by Silvia Weidenbach: V&A Gilbert Collection Resident Inspired by the phenomenal treasures of the Thurn und Taxis Collection, Regensburg As artist in residence I am working on the idea of a jewel casket for our time. To do so, I take inspiration from the past. Over the past weeks I have explored […]

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