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The Gates of Kiev

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On show at Somerset House between 2001 and 2008, the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection has been on permanent display at the V&A since 2009, in a suite of four dedicated galleries (Room 70 to 73). If you intended to visit the collection though, you may have a surprise! At the moment the Gilbert galleries […]

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Working drawing for an embroidery, possibly for a wall-hanging, by William Morris. Red chalk and watercolour on both sides of a  sheet of calico.

The Morris Legacy

History may be written by the victors, but the History of Design is written by the victors with the most stuff. Since we’re dependent on material sources– drawings, textiles, furniture, metalwork, ceramics, you name it–  the way we remember what happened in the past and the value we attach to it all comes down to […]

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Jenny and one of the Wolsey Angels in our Medieval and Renaissance Gallery, Room 50.

Save the Wolsey Angels – Jenny Wedgbury, Acting Programme Manager for Families

‘I think the Wolsey Angels should be saved and remain on display at the V&A because they’re beautiful and enigmatic, and a great example of early renaissance sculpture in Britain.’ 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 […]

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'After Willow' designed by Robert Dawson for Wedgwood, 2005 (V&A C.300-2009) Given by Josiah Wedgwood and Sons

Beyond Willow

One of the themes of the V&A display Blue and White: British Printed Ceramics explores the ‘Willow’ pattern, one of the most famous British ceramic designs. The scene of a temple with bridge, boat and willow tree was inspired by images found on Chinese ceramics, but was the creation of British manufacturers in the late-18th century. […]

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Born on This Day: ‘The Winter Queen’ Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia

This day in 1596 saw the birth of Princess Elizabeth Stuart. Daughter of Anne of Denmark and James VI of Scotland (later James I of England), Elizabeth was the sister of Charles I of England and later became Queen of Bohemia. Elizabeth will have a visible presence in the new Europe Galleries in the form […]

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Relief portrait of Napoleon, wax on slate, Benedetto Pistrucci, France (Paris) or England (London), 1815. Bequeathed by Miss A.F. Long. V&A A.3-1940

Born on This Day: Napoleon Bonaparte

This day in 1769 saw the birth of Napoleon Bonaparte. Born in Corsica to a family with Italian noble ancestry, Napoleon went on to make his name one of the most famous in European history. In France he took power in a coup d’état of 1799, installing himself as First Consul and later had himself crowned emperor in […]

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Unpacking the angels

Save the Wolsey Angels – Isabel Hardingham, Gallery Assistant

‘The reunion of the Wolsey angels is a miraculous event; they deserve to be celebrated together at the V&A as works of art.’ 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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So what are you doing with a science degree in a design museum…

At the very beginning of my internship I posted (in rather mushy way) about the FTIR machine that we have here in the lab. We have quite a good setup here and over the past number of months I’ve been trying to take every advantage I can to use it. FTIR stands for Fourier Transform […]

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Early 20th-century photograph depicting the oak room of Sewerby Hall

Sewerby Hall

From 9 August visitors to Sewerby Hall, Yorkshire, will be able see no fewer than 40 items of furniture on long-term loan from the V&A. This will bring to fruition a five-year collaboration between the V&A and Sewerby Hall. Situated near Bridlington on the East Yorkshire coast, Sewerby Hall was built in the eighteenth century […]

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In Shakespeare’s Shoes – poetry competition winners!

As part of the V&A Shakespeare Festival this year, and in celebration of the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth on 23 April, the V&A teamed up with the Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network to launch a poetry competition inspired by Shakespeare. The competition asked writers to imagine what it would be like to step into the […]

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