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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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

Invisible Health Data

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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Peter Brook from Archive to Action: The Rose Theatre Kingston

A member of The Rose Youth Theatre looking at the Curtain Up Display © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

This is a guest post by Jasmine Dunne, a member of The Rose Youth Theatre. The Rose Theatre Kingston is part of the Kingston Hub, working  with the  Kingston Museum on the Peter Brook Outreach Project. The group director is Rosie Jones.  Upon arriving at the V&A, we discussed the three items we would personally […]

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Peter Brook from Archive to Action: The Rose Theatre Kingston

A member of The Rose Youth Theatre looking at the Peter Brook Collection © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

This is a guest post by Jake Kenny-Byrne, a member of The Rose Youth Theatre. The Rose Theatre Kingston is part of the Kingston Hub, working  with the  Kingston Museum on the Peter Brook Outreach Project. The group director is Rosie Jones.  Having only been a member of the Rose Youth Theatre for a year […]

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Squash and Stretch: Samsung Digital Classroom Animation

Warming up by drawing in the Cast Courts

Animation is everywhere at the moment – fire up your browser and adverts will move to catch your attention, animated blockbuster movies will be on every child’s and adults lips and video games will present you with uncanny representations of the world. All these things come down to a process which has roots in drawings […]

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Peter Brook from Archive to Action: Kingston Museum

One of Eadweard Muybridge’s Discs © Kingston Museum & Heritage Service

This is a guest post by Chiara Russo, Learning and Engagement Officer at Kingston Museum & Heritage Service. Kingston Museum is part of the Kingston Hub, working  with the Rose Theatre Kingston and their Youth Theatre on the Peter Brook Outreach Project. It is 9.55 am on a Saturday morning. My colleague Jack and I […]

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Drawing down the Moon

Brooch, maker unknown, about 1888, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

British astronaut Tim Peake has us all staring up into the night sky just a bit more often at the moment and he’s sending back fantastic pictures of our planet. At the V&A, we have been doing our own sky-gazing for our latest project with the Virtual Schools; last year, we ‘Designed the World’, and […]

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