News from the Learning Department

News from the Learning Department brings you stories about Learning Programmes covering all audiences: families, young people, schools and teachers, higher education students, adults, communities, and the creative industries. Our team of writers will take you behind the scenes of our programmes and bring you highlights of our events.

The Learning Department programmes events, activities, courses and projects to inspire creativity in all of our audiences. We also manage gallery interpretation, residency programmes and evaluation.

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Being a family volunteer tour guide

Leading a tour of the Europe Gallery © V&A

During February half-term, eight families led tours of the Europe galleries for other families. During May half-term from Friday 3 June – Sunday 5 June, the volunteer tour guide families will lead more tours as part of the programme of events at 11.30 and 13.30. A father who took part in the programme reflects on […]

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Data Visualisation: the space where design and technology collide

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Data is the new oil, or so they say. We are constantly generating more and more data from a dizzying array of digital interactions that we partake in every day. We are told this data contains the insight to generate revenue, identify corporate trends, predict our next moves and even save lives. But data is […]

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Peter Brook: From Archive to Action, Oral History Project

Image from Lord of the Flies directed by Peter Brook © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

As part of the Peter Brook: Archives to Action project, we’ve been speaking to practitioners and performers who have worked with or been inspired by Peter Brook, as well as audience members who experienced many of his key productions. From Helen Mirren to Adrian Lester, Peter Brook has worked with a wide range of actors […]

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Inspired by…

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Monday night saw the opening of Inspired by…, an exhibition showcasing new artwork made by adult learners from across the UK, inspired by the V&A’s collection. The quality of the work submitted was impressive and I was honoured to be invited to select the winner for ‘Digital Media’, a category introduced to the competition for […]

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Graphic Gathering – V&A Competition Winner Revealed

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Graphic Gathering is the V&A’s annual graphic design challenge for secondary school students. The competition is designed to give students a taste of professional practice and help prepare them for higher or further education and work in the creative industries through answering a real life brief. The Design Council recently reported that ‘exponential growth of […]

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V&A Samsung Digital Classroom: Virtual Reality and an Interview with Rachel Derbyshire, ChroniclesVR

Samsung Virtual Reality Workshop at the Victoria & Albert Museum.   April 30, 2016 - London, U.K.  Photo Credit: Vianney Le Caer/Rex/Shutterstock

Last weekend as part of the V&A Samsung Digital Classroom, we invited in Rachel Derbyshire of ChroniclesVR to run a workshop in creating virtual reality experiences. The students who came along created 360 degree photos of the museum, took 3D scans of objects in the gallery and then made an app to run on the […]

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GUEST BLOG: Digital Design Drop-in: The Invisible Labs

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On Saturday 30 April, Bhavani Esapathi, founder of The Invisible Labs – a social tech initiative helping those with incurable, invisible diagnosis live better lives – was invited to take part in our monthly Digital Design Drop-In programme and share her work with the public. In this post, Bhavani discusses the projects presented at the […]

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V&A Samsung Digital Classroom: tips for beginning projection mapping

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Our Samsung Digital Artist in Residence, Yiyun Kang, has just finished the end of her residency with us after transforming the Cast Courts with her new work, “Casting“. As a parting gift, Yiyun led a session for our Samsung Digital Classroom for 16 – 19 year olds, exploring projection mapping. We’d like to share a few […]

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Peter Brook from Archive to Action: Theatre Royal Stratford East

Rehearsals at Theatre Royal  Stratford East © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

This is a guest post by Greise Astrauskaite, a member of the Theatre Royal Stratford East Youth Theatre. The Theatre Royal have been working with the William Morris Gallery on the Peter Brook Outreach Project. The group director is Darnell Shakespeare.  My experience with the Peter Brook project is going really well. I have been learning […]

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February half-term 2016 Europe Family Fun

During February half-term, we welcomed 14,273 participants to celebrate the opening of the new Europe galleries 1600-1815. Four activities were focused on the Ommengang painting of 1616 as part of the Family Art Fun programme. There was mask-making on the Imagination Station, digital soundscapes as part of Digital Kids, an interactive Pop-up Performance and headdress […]

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