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Design for a gravestone for Caleb Hill by Philip Webb, 1888

A Wander among the Tombstones

Anyone who came to this page hoping for some shots of Liam Neeson looking menacing in a corduroy coat, please click here now. To anyone still reading, I thought Halloween was a good time to introduce you to some unexpected objects that keep popping up in the work of 19th-century architect-designers… Designs for tombstones. Philip […]

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Out On Display #9: ‘the most beautiful of all mortals’

                                   Ganymede           Guillame Cousteau           France, marble, c.1760           A.15-1964           On display in room 61      The Trojan prince Ganymede was supposedly the most beautiful of […]

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new iPad game, Strawberry Thief

The Strawberry Thief iPad Game

I’m extremely excited to announce the launch of my new iPad game, Strawberry Thief. It’s changed a lot since the early prototype I made at the V&A earlier in the year, but I am thrilled with how the finished piece turned out. Download: Strawberry Thief Free iPad Game I was Games Designer in Residence at the […]

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Save the Wolsey Angels – Director’s Circle exclusive object handling session

Focus On… The Wolsey Angels and Early 16th – Century Sculpture Director’s Circle members were given an exclusive object handling session exploring the art-historical context of the Wolsey Angels. Members joined Director, Martin Roth, and the Keeper of Sculpture, Metalwork, ceramics and Glass, Paul Williamson at this unique behind-the-scenes event to understand the Angels in […]

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Save the Wolsey Angels – Family event: Drop-In Design – Angels and Knights

‘Imagine you’re a renaissance Italian sculptor with an important new art work to create. You’ve got to design and create a sculpture of an angel or a knight for a rich prince…’   Angels and Knights drop-in design event © Victoria and Albert Museum Today we launched a new Drop-In Design event called Angels and […]

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Save the Wolsey Angels – Paula Nuttall, Course Director of the Late Medieval and Early Renaissance (Year Course)

‘the Wolsey angels, one of the first works in the Italian renaissance style in England, must have seemed astonishingly novel and even exotic’ In this series of blogs we’re interviewing various members of staff who come in contact with the Wolsey Angels which we are currently trying to reunite, to try and find out just […]

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Painting conservators and curator condition-checking the object before it goes into the display case © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Installing the Spring Poppy Fields

When coming into the V&A visitors are often impressed by the glamour of our collections, the quality of displays, and the magnificence of the Victorian building itself, what they rarely see is the amount of behind-the-scene effort in putting together and maintaining exhibitions and galleries. Let’s look at some numbers: 4 conservators, 4 curators, and […]

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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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