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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A portrait of the V&A from the modern-day Museum Photographers

By guest blogger Kate Elliott During the Creative Photography Course at the V&A, designed and led by Kate Elliott a group of six students have spent six weeks working as Museum Photographers, to create a modern-day ‘portrait’ of the V&A. Through class discussions, practical tasks and exhibition visits, the group have explored a combination of architectural, portrait, […]

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Design the World – big ambitions for Sunday afternoons

Working every day in a storehouse of treasures never tires and neither does thinking of ways to use them in our workshops. Design the World is a project with an ambitious title but it also hints at the potential of the Museum’s collections and connects objects inside the building with the world outside the building. […]

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More from the modern-day Museum Photographers

By guest blogger Kate Elliott During the current Creative Photography Course at the V&A, designed and led by Kate Elliott, a group of students are working as Museum Photographers, to create a modern-day ‘portrait’ of the V&A. Through class discussions, practical tasks and exhibition visits, the group are exploring a combination of architectural, portrait, documentary […]

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The modern-day Museum Photographers

By guest blogger Kate Elliott During the current Creative Photography Course at the V&A, designed and led by artist Kate Elliott, a group of six students are working as Museum Photographers, to create a modern-day ‘portrait’ of the V&A. The Museum Photographers © Kate Elliott With references to the work of Charles Thurston Thompson and […]

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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.

Oliver Locker-Lampson and the Russian Revolution

‘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

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

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

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

“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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