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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Digital Design Weekend events you shouldn’t miss this year!

London Design Festival is coming back to the V&A soon and with it our annual Digital Design Weekend! The museum will be filled with activities for the curious, designers, students, hackers, makers and families and it is also a chance to see LDF’s installations before the end of the festival. Now in it’s fourth year, […]

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V&A DesignLab Project, Wearable Technology with Seymourpowell

‘Wearable technology is currently one of the most discussed technological advancements, however it isn’t a completely new concept, we’ve been enhancing our bodies with technology for hundreds of years. But now with the increased availability of sensors, connectivity and the miniaturisation of technology, an entirely new world of possibilities is emerging – further merging man […]

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A summer of drawing, mythical beasts and rebellious rabbits

This August over 7,500 people took part in our families summer holiday programme. For The Imagination Station activity we took inspiration from Trajan’s Column in the Cast Courts and asked families to record their journey around the museum in an activity designed by Liam O’Connor, Exhibition Road Drawing Resident. We had some wonderful drawings and […]

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NEW & FREE: Reel to Real sessions for Secondary Schools

Alistair Sim, the Great Bed of Ware, Franco Zeffirelli and the Wedgwood Abolition of Slavery Medallion will be being explored in our new series of events ‘Reel to Real’ for Secondary school students, starting at the V&A this October. This is a new partnership with education charity Into Film, which aims to bring the English […]

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Create! Jewellery Design

  © Victoria and Albert Museum, London As today is Museums Takeover Day, an annual event where young people are invited to take control of museums, we thought we would show you some of the exciting Create! workshops you can take part in at the V&A (that is if you are a budding designer under […]

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Concept to Catwalk

  Fashion and technology have always had a mutually beneficial relationship, from the Spinning Jenny of the Georgian era and the textile mills of the Victorian era to the 3D printing and dye colouring techniques of today. Supported by the Mayor of London, Concept to Catwalk is a challenge open to London students at Key […]

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Money No Object: An artist’s research exploring the future of currency and value

What will money look like in future? Will we continue to use designed, material objects such as coins, banknotes, credit cards and even mobile phones, in order to trade? If not, what might replace these physical tokens at the point of exchange, or become an alternative to these tangible representations of value? What about the […]

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V&A/Elephant & Castle Maker Faire Open Call: the shortlist and a winner!

  The Elephant & Castle Mini Maker Faire is coming back to London this autumn, and the Digital Programmes team at the V&A recently launched an open call for the commission of an interactive installation to be exhibited at the Maker Faire. After receiving a great number of amazing proposals – I wish we could […]

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What do you Treasure?

What do you treasure? How do you care for things that are important to you? We’ve got so many precious and valuable objects in the Museum. There are sparkly jewels, incredible marble sculptures, exquisite miniatures and amazing paintings round almost every corner. The building is like one giant treasure box waiting to be discovered. This summer […]

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Rock, pop and sign language

Do you want to learn how to dance like 80’s icon Adam Ant or try on an 18th century wig and learn how to bow/ curtsey like the king’s courtiers? This summer and autumn we have a number of British Sign Language Interpreted (BSL) interactive performances for families as part of our regular Saturday’s Pop […]

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