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Parallel Worlds – a new videogame design conference

Parallel Worlds

How do the virtual worlds of videogames reflect and augment our reality? With VR headsets hitting the high street and augmented reality sending players hunting through their neighbourhoods 2016 has seen our virtual and physical worlds collide like never before. But what does it mean to design a virtual world? Come join us on Friday 25 […]

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Installation of the ‘Oculus’ – a window into the new Exhibition Road Gallery

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    Over the past six months, the team has enjoyed watching the construction of the oculus develop and take shape on site. Now that work has completed on the concrete structure, the Exhibition Road building project is ready for bespoke steel and glass elements to be installed, and installation of the Oculus has begun. This eye-catching structure […]

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Martin Roth to leave the V&A in Autumn 2016

Martin Roth, Director

Martin Roth, Director of the V&A since September 2011, has announced to staff today he will leave his role in the Autumn after five years in post. Martin has presided over a succession of critically acclaimed exhibitions, most notably David Bowie is and Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, achieving record visitor numbers, which last year reached […]

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The Making of The Masquerade

A cast in costume filming in front of a green screen

This film takes you behind-the-scenes of The Masquerade interactive film, and the extraordinary group of people that helped create it. Interviews with the participants, the theatre company and V&A staff involved, provide insights into this unique collaboration. We documented the project from the first meeting of the cast to the launch party. The Masquerade is […]

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Pokémon Goes to the V&A

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The recent huge popularity of Pokémon Go (developed by Niantic), even before the official release date in the UK, encouraged us to take a look at the underlying data used in the game and how this relates to our collections. We’ve also been interested to see how the mapping and geolocation aspects of the game work […]

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V&A wins Museum of the Year 2016

HRH, Duchess of Cambridge, Art Fund, Award, winner, 2016, prize

The Art Fund Museum of the Year 2016 prize was awarded to the V&A last night at a dinner and ceremony at the Natural History Museum, London. V&A Director, Martin Roth, accepted the award from HRH The Duchess of Cambridge. The event was attended by prestigious guests from the art, design and museum world, many […]

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On the Move!

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Plans are afoot to move the V&A’s Members’ Room and Carmody Groarke, an award-winning architecture studio based in London, have been selected to design the new £1.3 million flexible and atmospheric space. The competition attracted interest from architects across the world before 5 teams were shortlisted and the winner was announced. The new Members’ Room […]

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Open Repositories 2016

Original front entrance doors to the Victoria & Albert Museum; bronze; now in the Pirelli Garden; 
designed by James Gamble & Reuben Townroe (1835 - 1911), based on designs by Godfrey Sykes (1824 - 66), made by G.Franchi & Sons; 
English (London); 1868.

‘Better it is to get wisdom than gold’ Motto above the original entrance to the V&A As the V&A has recently launched its research institute VARI, and is obliged to make its publicly funded project outcomes (currently journal articles, excluding monographs at present – see AHRC Open Access ) available to all under open access, […]

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Get Connected in the NAL

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The V&A’s National Art Library has its own WIFI hotspot exclusively for members of the library. From your own device, you can now access the museum’s range of electronic resources including the VOGUE ARCHIVE, JSTOR, Oxford ART Online, ARTSTOR and the Art Sales Index.

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The Secret Lives of Early Modern Cabinets

Writing cabinet, Würzburg, made by Jacob Arend and Johannes Wittalm in the workshop of Servatius Arend, 1716. Museum no. W.23-1975. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

This post was written by Nadia Baadj, Assistant professor of Art History & Rosalind Franklin Fellow at University of Groningen and former V&A Research Fellow What kinds of secrets do early modern cabinets hold inside, behind their locked doors, hidden drawers, and endless maze of compartments? Far from static pieces of furniture, the examples on […]

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