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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Graphic Gathering

Activities in the galleries to generate ideas for the brief

Graphic Gathering is the Victoria and Albert Museum’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. Creative & Cultural Skills (CCSkills), recently […]

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Samsung Digital Classroom: 3D Printed Jewellery

This week we have been hosting Black Country Atelier as part of the Samsung Digital Classroom to create 3D printed jewellery inspired by the V&A’s collections. Black Country Atelier are a studio of artists, designers, scientists and engineers who as well as taking on commissions, run innovative design workshops in schools and museums. We have […]

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Creativeworks Entrepreneur in Residence: Sigune Hamann

© Sigune Hamann

Completing her CEIR residency funded by Creative Works London Sigune Hamann exhibited a panoramic film-strip at RAUMX. The installation reflects her research into methods of reading and displaying panoramic images in relation to East Asian scrolls as part of research at the V&A and Tokyo Wondersite.   At the V&A Hamann took photographic film-strips of visitors […]

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Fascinating Footwear: Short History of Shoes

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Join us in September for a fantastic short course on this history of shoes led by Fiona Campbell, lecturer at the London College of Fashion and designer/maker of shoes! 3 Day Short Course 30 September, 14.30-17.00 1 October, 10.30-13.00 2 October, 14.30-17.00 £125 / £110 concessions   Due to the success of the Shoes: Pleasure […]

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Family BSL Pop-up Performances at the V&A Museum

Pop-up Performance The Tale of Little Red Riding Hood © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Did you know that the V&A Museum in London has BSL performances especially for families? On 1 and 22 August, three times a day, there will be BSL interpretation of two exciting and unique performances by signer Matthew Wainright from Deaf Umbrella. Matthew is completely involved in the action of each story, interacting with the […]

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Sound Out at the V&A, Sat 20 June 2015

V&A Sound Out, was an collaborative performance for a group of voices in the museum working with artist Sharon Gal on Saturday 20 June 2015. This event was part of the programme for All of This Belongs to You, an exhibition at the intersection of design, democracy and public life. The V&A belongs to all […]

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Peter Brook Collection: Schools’ Outreach Project

Written by a cast member of Lord of the Flies

In September 2014, the V&A acquired the Peter Brook Collection. Peter Brook is one of Britain’s greatest living directors and over the course of his career has produced ground-breaking plays, films and operas. Thanks to funding from the HLF and a private donor, the museum is rehousing and cataloguing the materials in the collection to […]

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An Indian Summer at Glastonbury


This week sees the return of Glastonbury Festival to Worthy Farm in Somerset. Awash with wellies, crowds and jaw dropping performances, this year will include a new guest – the Victoria and Albert Museum and its youth collective CreateVoice. Glastonbury Festival © Andrew Allcock To mark the V&A acquiring the Glastonbury archive from the Eavis […]

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Special Family Event this weekend – 20 and 21 June 2015

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View of a display of Middle Eastern objects & textiles in The Damascus Room; 
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The V&A Families team is running a bumper weekend of activities on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June to mark Refugee Week 2015. We have taken inspiration from the beautiful objects and panels in our display, A Room from Damascus, on show in the Islamic Middle East Gallery. If you would like to make something […]

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Illustrative Collage

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By guest blogger Áine Cassidy The Illustrative Collage workshop took place at the V&A on 6th June 2015. The course was led by illustrator and graphic designer Áine Cassidy. Over the course of the day a group of eight students took inspiration from the V&A’s collection to create their own collage artwork. Below are some […]

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