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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May half-term 2016 Family Art Fun

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Over 9 days from 28 May – 5 June, 12,000 participants took part in activities as part of the May half-term Family programme, inspired by the Engineering Season at the V&A, and most notably, Elytra, Filament Pavilion by Achim Menges; an amazing temporary structure inspired by beetles and fabricated by robots. At first, the theme of Engineering did […]

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V&A Museum – Engineering Season and Hip Hop robots! Review by Issy

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This is a guest blog, by Issy, who has written an excellent review of her visit to the V&A Museum during May half-term 2016. Issy took part in Pop-up Performance – the Dance of the Robot and visited Elytra Filament Pavilion, part of the V&A Engineering Season. “The V&A is one of my favourite museums as it […]

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The Lansbury Micro Museum

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Courtesy The National Archives

This week sees the launch of a new ‘micro museum’, which has opened to the public in a disused retail space in Poplar’s Chrisp Street Market, on the Lansbury Estate in East London. Created by the V&A, the space will host a series of exhibitions over coming months that explore the importance of the Estate […]

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Code Liberation Workshops

Code Liberation Workshop

Ever wanted to make an interactive toy or game but not known how? In this workshop series starting October and ending in an exhibition of student projects at the V&A Late, we will teach you everything you need to get off the ground in the world of basic game design.   What You’ll Learn Developed for […]

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Digital Design Weekend 2016

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September is fast approaching and so is London Design Festival and the Digital Design Weekend! Now in its sixth year, the Digital Design Weekend will bring together again over a hundred artists, designers, engineers, technologists and of course the public to celebrate and share contemporary digital art and design, take part in interactive installations and labs, […]

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Movement Alphabet: Mapping the intricacies of the moving body

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On Saturday 16th July Jan Lee and Tim Murray-Browne were invited to take part in our monthly Digital Design Drop-In programme. We were delighted that they were able to share with the public their new work combining interactive technology with personal one-on-one participatory work. What is Movement Alphabet? by Jan Lee and Tim Murray-Browne                                    Movement Alphabet […]

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The Making of The Masquerade

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This film takes you behind-the-scenes of The Masquerade interactive film, and the extraordinary group of people that helped create it. Interviews with the participants, the theatre company and V&A staff involved, provide insights into this unique collaboration. We documented the project from the first meeting of the cast to the launch party. The Masquerade is […]

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V&A and Tate Digital Learning teams come together for MozEx

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The Digital Programmes team at the V&A has joined Tate Digital Learning to curate MozEx, an art exhibition with a 21st-century twist at Mozilla Festival (MozFest). MozFest is an annual celebration of the diverse, creative internet community and the greater open Internet movement. People from across the globe gather together and discuss, debate, create and […]

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Being a family volunteer tour guide

Leading a tour of the Europe Gallery © V&A

During February half-term, eight families led tours of the Europe galleries for other families. During May half-term from Friday 3 June – Sunday 5 June, the volunteer tour guide families will lead more tours as part of the programme of events at 11.30 and 13.30. A father who took part in the programme reflects on […]

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Data Visualisation: the space where design and technology collide

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Data is the new oil, or so they say. We are constantly generating more and more data from a dizzying array of digital interactions that we partake in every day. We are told this data contains the insight to generate revenue, identify corporate trends, predict our next moves and even save lives. But data is […]

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