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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National Art & Design Saturday Club

The National Art & Design Saturday Club is a national initiative by the Sorrell Foundation, aimed at giving young people aged 14–16 the unique opportunity to study art and design every Saturday morning at their local art and design college or university for free. There are currently 33 Clubs operating nationally with over 1000 members […]

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Inspired By…2014 Winner Announced

The Inspired by… annual exhibition which showcases work by adult learners has announced the winners for 2014 and is now displaying their work at a show at Morley College, London. This year there were 441 entries from across the UK which were inspired by the V&A’s collections, covering a huge range of materials, processes, styles […]

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Digital Kids at the Shakespeare Festival

“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players.”  (As You Like It, Act II Scene VII) Over the Easter holidays this apt quote became a reality but it was the kids in the museum who became the performers, playwrights, set designers and directors! As part of the Digital Kids activities […]

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DesignLab Schools Project: Games Design with Sophia George and Highgate Wood School

‘‘We had a really fun time on this trip and would love to do it again!’’ – Student, Highgate Wood School. The success story, both creatively and economically, of the UK gaming industry has only been fully recognised relatively recently, given how many years it has been creating some of the world’s most commercially successful […]

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Power Up! Making Games in the Museum

The V&A’s first Games Designer in Residence, Sophia George, has now been with us for almost 6 months and the residency has given us the opportunity to explore game design with a wide variety of visitors. Although it may  seem odd for a museum to bring computer games into its work, through opening up the […]

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Shakespeare in a Suitcase

Isaac Jaggard, born 1600 (printer) and Edward Blount (printer), The First Folio, Museum Ref: L.1392-1882 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London April 2014 marks the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare, probably the most well-known playwright the world has produced. Such is his all-pervasive influence on our culture that even a cursory glance […]

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Graphic Gathering – 2013/14 Winners Announced

After the success of last year’s project, the Schools Team ran Graphic Gathering for the second year, launching it during the London Design Festival and culminating with a celebratory awards ceremony here at the V&A last Thursday. Runners-up, winners from each school and overall winners were announced. Graphic Gathering aims to give secondary students an […]

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DesignLab Schools Project: Ceramics with James Rigler and Alperton Community School

  On a cold and misty January morning, a group of Year 10 students from Alperton Community School were taken up to the highest point of the V&A – the cupola over the grand entrance. Health & Safety Advisor in tow, the students climbed the 137 steps to reach the outdoor viewing platform to sketch […]

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St Mungo’s & Woodworks Project: A Design Process

The V&A approached St Mungo’s, a charity which works with homeless people to prevent and alleviate homelessness. They work to assist personalised recovery for homeless and excluded people and in the process, improve their quality of life and seek to prevent homelessness and the exclusion that embeds it. Dopo Enzo is a film about a […]

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The V&A in Coventry

Over the past 18 months we have been working closely with The Coventry Transport Museum and the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum as part of the Department for Education/Arts Council Museums and Schools Programme.  The programme aims to get more school children using their local museums and we have a target of 10,000 school pupil […]

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