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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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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New Secondary School Workshop – Digital Design:Code

This year the Schools team launched a new digital coding workshop as part of our programme for Secondary Schools. Coding is becoming an increasingly prevalent design tool; it is both a new ‘material’ that artists can use and an inspiration for their subject matter. Programmers who work with code to create computer programmes are a […]

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Hacking Fruit with Raspberry Pi

Raspberry pie is one of my favourite desserts and Raspberry Pi is my new favourite tech device. Let me tell you a story about the amazing things people are doing with this kit, including those who took part in our Raspberry Pi workshop here at the V&A these past three weeks. © Victoria and Albert […]

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Stylish & Spacious Apartment for Sale at the V&A

Recent visitors to the V&A will have noticed that the museum is for sale.  A 25 metre hoarding strectching across the Cromwell Road wing of the building offers a ‘New residential development at prime cultural heritage location.’  And those interested in viewing the property can call the ‘Crown Property Investment Group’ via their hotline, which […]

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Inspired by…2014

The Inspired By… competition was set up at the V&A by Eithne Nightingale some fifteen years ago. When Eithne started working at the V&A, she was struck by how many beautiful objects in the V&A galleries linked with work made in adult education classes – jewellery, ceramics, fashion, photography, fine art, furniture and sculpture. Linking […]

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