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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Oliver Locker-Lampson and the Russian Revolution

El Lissitzky: Costume design for the Sportsmen from Victory over the Sun (unrealised), 1923. Lithograph on paper. St. Petersburg Museum of Theatre and Music, St. Petersburg.

‘No one in England can imagine how hard our task has been throughout our stay in Russia. Our work has resembled swimming in glue…’ Prefaced by the official-sounding, languid observation: ‘Very interesting,’ the above is Commander Oliver Locker-Lampson’s opening to a 22 page summary describing, at first-hand, his experience of the February 1917 Russian Revolution. […]

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Treasure project community performance

What do you treasure? In July and August 2014, Dante or Die Theatre worked with two Westway Development Trust community groups to create a new Pop-up Performance for families, inspired by the V&A and our collection, called ‘Treasure’. The Thursday morning Parents’ Group and Pimento Community Project visited the Museum to seek out treasured objects […]

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Paper Playscapes

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The Elephant & Castle Mini Maker Faire  is fast approaching and we are very excited to be presenting Paper Playscapes, the winning project from our open call commission. Paper Playscapes is an open-ended installation representing a landscape in movement, one made and played collaboratively by the designers and the visitors. Its vocabulary is based on […]

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Belle: A special Into Film screening for schools

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On November, the V&A and Into Film Festival are offering a unique opportunity for students to understand film in new ways. The powerful film, “Belle“, will be screened in the beautiful setting of the Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre and followed by optional visits to our galleries. After the screening, students can go on […]

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The smartphone I didn’t need, electronic waste, and art

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After the Circuits Died: Exploring electronic waste Learning Centre, Art Studio Sunday 26 October 2014 Open session: 10am – 4pm Presentation and discussion: 4pm – 5pm I never wanted to get a smartphone and was happy with my green-screened Nokia (it made calls, sent texts, and had the original Snake game on it). Until I […]

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Clara Button and the Magical Hat Day – Big Draw 2014

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“I know…we’ll got to the Victoria and Albert Museum. It’s full of wonderful things, including lots of hats’. Clara clapped her hands in delight. ‘That will be so boring’, grumbled Ollie.”   This weekend we’re inviting families to come and celebrate the Big Draw by designing their own magical hats, inspired by the book Clara […]

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Welcome (back) to Twin Peaks

Samuel Bourne, 1886 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Surely not! After all this time, countless cups of damn good joe and plates of cherry pie, it’s happening again… David Lynch and Mark Frost‘s cult series set in the sleepy town of Twin Peaks, a place where “…a yellow light means slow down, not go faster”, is set for a return in 2016, a […]

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Money No Object at the Digital Design Weekend

Growing Donations (photo: Jonathan Rowley)

Early on the morning of 19th September, while it was still dark, I awoke to booms of thunder shaking the windows, and torrential rain clattering on the roof. This did not bode well for the weekend ahead, when my design interactions project, Money No Object, was due to be showcased outdoors, in the garden of […]

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

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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

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‘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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