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A Day in the Life on the Exhibition Road Project: Luke Cripps

Toureen Group are a construction company specialising in demolition and excavation, and we have been solving complex construction problems for over twenty years. We were responsible for removing the 1970s buildings in the V&A’s ‘Boilerhouse Yard’, and we are now undertaking the big ‘dig’ to create the new subterranean exhibition gallery for the Museum. We […]

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A very big hanging

We recently returned from a week’s visit to Delhi and Jaipur, where we visited some of the designers showing work in the exhibition and also picked up several of our new acquisitions from them – about which there will be more in a separate blog. One highlight of the trip was a visit to the National […]

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17th Century Modern Materials

A while back I was given six small samples to analyse – nothing unusual about this till I looked at the images of the object that the samples had come from and immediately had grand notions of treasure hunting for the Holy Grail with Indiana Jones! These thoughts were soon followed by me humming ‘knights […]

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On Tour: David Bowie is

In its whirlwind world tour, ‘David Bowie is’ has moved onto its next destination, Paris! After an immensely successful and exciting run at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the exhibition will be on display at the Cité de la Musique from the 2nd March until the 31st May 2015.   The exhibition promises […]

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RIP Steve Strange ‘Would you let you in?’

    Steve Strange, the New Romantic Pioneer and lead Singer of Visage was also famous at the Blitz club for the quote that he’s photographed next to in the V&A Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s exhibition. Image courtesy of Simon Sorted http://www.sorted.tv  

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To the source

In a recent post for the display Blue and White: British Printed Ceramics Florence Tyler posed the question ‘Can a display exist without objects?’. Well there are certainly ceramics in the display, you will be pleased to know, but there are some things missing: the original artworks that inspired the ceramic decoration.       The V&A Ceramic Galleries were built […]

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Susan Hughes the V&A’s Legacy Manager wins prestigious Legacy10 Award

Last month Susan Hughes, the V&A’s Legacy Manager won Legacy10’s Award for Excellence. Susan joined the Museum in 2013, and has done fantastic work developing the Museum’s legacy programme. The Legacy10 Award for Excellence was set up to recognise those who have contributed to legacy giving in the UK through innovation and delivery, and was […]

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When you don’t have the right tool for the job…

…make one! I was working on removing dust from a theatre set model while the studio was quiet during the gap between Christmas and New Year. It was mostly straightforward, but there was one balcony that I just couldn’t get to with my straight brushes – every point of access I tried only allowed me […]

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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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