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Time capsules, finding the unexpected in buildings and objects. Part 2

The secret parcel and other discoveries from the Weston Cast Court. In my previous post I described some of the surprising items we found in the museum’s Medieval & Renaissance and British Sculpture galleries. The things that we found were type of messages from the past left by the people who worked in the museum […]

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From quiet garden to world class gallery: a brief history of the Exhibition Road site

The year is 1899 – The rise of Albertopolis is in full, dramatic swing, and South Kensington is quickly becoming a stronghold for the decorative arts, science and culture in Victorian England. The Natural History Museum sits proudly over Cromwell road, South Kensington tube station is bustling with travellers, and the majestic Brompton Oratory presides […]

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Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire, photograph by Mike Harris. CC-BY-SA-2.0

Manners of Building: Architectural Style in England, 1550-1750

by Melissa Evans, MA candidate, V&A/RCA History of Design Some clichés are ubiquitous. Take ‘Home is where the heart is’ – it’s one of those sayings where, once you start to look, you find it everywhere: from cushions, plates and plaques in gift shops, to sachets of lavender, embroidered samplers and biscuit tins.  These objects, […]

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What’s going on in Exhibition Road?

Have you walked down Exhibition Road recently and wondered exactly what is going on at the V&A? Why is there a forest of machines towering above the old buildings? The answer is that the V&A is undertaking the biggest building project at the site for over 100 years – and it will completely transform how […]

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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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Malcolm Baker in the White  Drawing Room at Waddesdon Manor. Photograph by Katherine Elliott, 2014

Talking Heads

An Object Lesson with Malcolm Baker   As we walked from the beautiful red ante chamber to the white drawing room, the sun came through the clouds and gently lit the eight striking faces of Alexander Pope.     It was in this rather magical setting that Curator, Professor, Art Historian and V&A Honorary Senior […]

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Salon panel from left to right: Rachel Aldred, Carlton Reid, Kat Jungnickel (Chair), Justin Spinney and Jenni Gwiazdowski.

How is the Urban Mobile Cyclist Designed?

Reflections on Design Culture Salon 10: How is the Urban Mobile Cyclist designed?  The question of whether or not you choose to cycle to work is more than a practical decision: it can reveal a lot about our gender, social background and personality. It also forces us to behave in particular ways. Friction between cyclists, […]

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London Design Festival at the V&A

Halfway through the Festival week, I finally have time to sit down at my computer to write this post. The London Design Festival is the main focus of my job – I work on everything from the installations and displays to the huge events programme, press, parties, and everything in between. The London Design Festival […]

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Inflatable General Assembly DIY Manual - Back Page. Created by Common Practice.

‘Designing for the Common Goals of People': An Interview with Common Practice

Like many of the people occupying Zuccotti Park in 2011, the collective Common Practice contributed to their protest camp by drawing on the skills and training they knew best – architecture & design. The result was the 123Occupy project, whose model of an Inflatable General Assembly can be seen in ‘Disobedient Objects’. In this post […]

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Dr Kate Aspinall delivering a paper entitled 'the Pasmore Report? Reflections on the Coldstream Report and its Legacy' at Art School Educated conference in Tate Britain, 11-12 September.

Art School Educated: Reflections on a Conference

On 11-12 September I attended the Art School Educated conference at Tate Britain which represented the culmination of a five year AHRC funded research project investigating the impact of the art education on artistic production from the 1960s to the present day and its relationship to the wider themes of education, culture and society. The […]

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