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Could you be the next Experienced English Housekeeper?

Portrait of Elizabeth Raffald published in, The Experienced English Housekeeper, 1803.

At the April Friday Late, Baroque to the Future, the V&A put on a talk entitled: Sippets and Syllabubs: Eating in Style in Georgian Europe. Held at the National Art Library, any of the lucky 40 members of the public who bagged a seat would have heard of the cook and author Elizabeth Raffald. You […]

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The Making of The Masquerade

A cast in costume filming in front of a green screen

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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‘Europa and Britannia’ (V&A Podcast: Salon II)


Although they have now been open for exactly six weeks, I have to admit that I still get a thrill from popping down into the Europe Galleries to find them now populated, not only with objects but also real-live visitors. Visitors considering objects; taking in the new high ceilings and opened up spaces; conscientiously reading […]

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Joubert: An eighteenth century travel guide to Paris


In our previous posts, we’ve introduced the workshop, and provided context on the book and its author. This is week is a bit of a departure from silk design, as it concerns Joubert’s advice on visiting Paris. Lyonnais silk designers such as Joubert were preoccupied with how best to respond to the demand from Paris – […]

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A gold spider web

Spider web on the lid of an eighteenth-century Paris snuffbox

The Gilbert Collection was formed by an American Englishman, Arthur Gilbert, who loved to tell the stories behind his treasures. Here are two eighteenth-century masterpieces which Arthur Gilbert might have shown his guests on a dark and stormy Halloween night. Are you sitting comfortably? A golden spider web This intricate mother-of-pearl box is an unmissable […]

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Intrepid Artists – William Hodges and a voyage towards the South Pole

Crew of the Resolution collecting ice for drinking water

240 years ago, on the 30th July 1775, a remarkable voyage came to an end at Portsmouth.  Having set sail in 1772 the “Resolution” and its sister ship “Adventure”, led by Captain James Cook, had spent three years traversing the Southern Hemisphere, recording previously un-charted waters and islands and making contact with their inhabitants.  On board the “Resolution” was a […]

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AJH For Symmetry Breakfast

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  This week I was really excited to design and make some tableware for a friend at the Museum and have it feature on their fantastic social media accounts ‘Symmetry Breakfast’. Their instagram has nearly 300k followers and features daily pictures of scrumptious and elaborate breakfast dishes made by him for him and his partner. […]

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18th Century Meets Contemporary: Gold Box Study Day in Cambridge

Particles caught in tint on underside of one of the boxes shown in the Close-Up and Personal exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge(LOAN:GILBERT.346-2008)

Friday, 26 June 2015, Fitzwilliam Museum The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection exhibition Close-Up and Personal: Eighteenth-century Gold Boxes from the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection continues at the Fitzwilliam Museum. On Friday, 26 June 2015, we will be hosting a study day at the Fitzwilliam to celebrate these masterpieces. Two of the most eminent British artists […]

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Vase Mania!


(Bit of a longer blog posting…) Just to give you a bit of background, the thinking behind this whole project is very much around ‘Vase Mania’: the vase being a symbol of the ancient world, a practical object and a design motif, I hope to restore its former status as the ultimate accessory. Taking inspiration […]

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In Memory of Toussaint Louverture


The 20th of May marked 272 years since the revolutionary François-Dominique Toussaint Louverture (1743-1803), was born into bondage in Haiti, the French island colony then known as Saint-Domingue (Santo Domingo). I was interested to read that in 2015 this date saw the unveiling of a new statue in memory of Toussaint Louverture, in the courtyard […]

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