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Illustration Awards: Dame Jacqueline Wilson to judge 2016 competition


We are just thrilled to announce that the former Children’s Laureate, one of the nation’s favourite authors and a writer with as strong a claim as any to the title of “National Treasure” – Dame Jacqueline Wilson – will be judging the published categories of the 2016 V&A Illustration Awards.

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The making of Kalpataru


India’s rich artistic traditions have been bought together in this celebratory installation by Delhi based designers Sarthak Sengupta and Sahil Bagga of Sarthak Sahil Design Co. The inspiration for the installation comes from nature. The central tree is shaped like a leaf from the sacred tulsi plant and it is surrounded by representations of trees and […]

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It Could Be You! 2016 Illustration Awards: Entry now open

Daphne Headshot

Last year, Daphne Christoforou – a final year student at the RCA – uploaded images of NO-THING, a sumptuous illustrated textile of astute, finely-detailed ink-drawings. NO-THING was one of nearly a 1000 entries submitted to the 2015 V&A Illustration Awards. Seven months later Daphne was crowned the Student Illustrator of the Year and took home […]

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The Trusses are in!

Truss Diagram

The Exhibition Road Project has reached an exciting moment as concrete works are finishing  on site and the massive steel trusses which form the roof over the new exhibitions gallery (and support the weight of the courtyard) are being installed. Carolina Bartram, Associate Director of Structures at Arup and a key member on the  project team tells us more […]

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Have you played our AWARD WINNING game Luxury Time yet?


We are all very excited here in the Digital Media team at the V&A at having just won Silver in the Freshest Game category at the annual Fresh Awards for our online game Luxury Time. Luxury Time was conceived and designed by the amazing design agency The Beautiful Meme and built by the equally talented, […]

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V&A’s sixteen ceramic poppies now on display

Sixteen ceramic poppies from ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’

Sixteen ceramic poppies acquired by the Museum for its permanent collections are now on display in Room 103. These come from the poignant, dramatic and phenomenally crowd-drawing installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, sited in the dry moat of the Tower of London between 5th August and 11th November 2014. Commemorating the centenary […]

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Hidden Treasures of Berkeley Castle (… and a few not-so-hidden ones)

Berkeley Castle, picture courtesy of Jackie Pennington

One of Britain’s most historic and atmospheric properties, Berkeley Castle, is holding an exhibition throughout September called ‘The Hidden Treasures of Berkeley Castle’. The exhibition shows rarely seen items from the Berkeley family collection, including a beautiful, gold, Saxon ring decorated with dogs’ heads and delicate gold filigree, which has been in the family for […]

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Discovering legacies at the V&A: Michael Diamond


Poster for The Great World of London at The Standard Theatre, Bishopsgate & Shoreditch, London, Easter Monday, April 3rd, 1899; produced by The Meliville Brothers; 
printed by David Allen & Sons; 
English (London), April 1899.

Over the summer, I had the great pleasure of meeting Michael Diamond and being shown his wonderful and unique collection of Victorian and Edwardian theatre posters – I come across bright and colourful melodrama spectacles from Sherlock Holmes to the femme fatale, and soon enough, find myself wishing I could go and see these shows that […]

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© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

This week we’re joining nine London museums to celebrate each other’s collections through the photo sharing network Instagram. The idea came following an article by the Londonist in May 2015, where the magazine listed ‘The Best London Museums to follow on Instagram’, based on the number of followers. Along with the V&A the museums selected […]

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Getting the feel of The Fabric of India

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With such a strong focus on materials in the first part of the exhibition, we thought it would be a good thing for visitors to be able to feel the different textures of some of the fabrics on show. Clearly this isn’t possible with the actual museum objects, for which there is a strict ‘no […]

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