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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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End of the Big Dig!

New basement spaces supporting the Exhibition Gallery above

We are pleased to announce that bulk excavation on the Exhibition Road Building site is now finished, after nearly 4 months of non-stop digging! While there are some areas still requiring minor excavation work, over 22,000 cubic metres of soil has been removed from site. The spaces for the new exhibitions gallery, feature staircase and back […]

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A Unique Replica: The Wimbledon Ladies Singles Trophy

Temperantia Basin Electrotype

 I have reserved my spot on the sofa on Saturday afternoon as I shall be glued to the tennis. These days, the smart money is always on Serena Williams to be the last woman standing at the conclusion of the Wimbledon Ladies Singles Championships. If she wins this year, it will be the 6th time […]

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Glastonbury: A Living Installation


The last five days at Worthy Farm in Somerset were a midsummer night’s dream. With Friday’s empty slot on the Pyramid Stage remaining a mystery, the festival site was alive with rumour and expectation. Secret gigs and underground clubs were on everyone’s lips and despite the unsettling character of the festival’s micro-climate (blazing sunshine one moment […]

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Personal favourites: from a previous volunteer’s point of view

Nef Gilbert Collection

The article below was written by Alexander Morrison who volunteered with us for two months last year and helped us greatly with our travelling exhibitions programme. Alex graduated from Manchester University with a BA in History Of Art, and is about to start an MA in Russian History of Art at the Courtauld Institute. Although his […]

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Engineering Exhibition Road

The site as it was in January 2012, and the Sgraffito

Turning the Exhibition Road Building Project designs into reality is an enormous and constant challenge for the design team – in particular the engineers and contractors. Working closely with architects AL_A, a team of Arup structural, building services, and geotechnical engineers, and other specialist consultants has collectively spent more than 25000 hours (so far) on the design of […]

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