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A Day in the Life of a Dollmaker

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By Eloisa Rodrigues Holly and I have been struggling to find another word to replace “interesting” when describing Faith Eaton’s archive as we go along with the research and listing its contents. The truth is the deeper we dig the more interesting it becomes. And the word “interesting” stays – although we sometimes switch to […]

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‘Glastonbury : Land and Legend’ opens in Prague

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The fourth and final day of install was spent doing final tweaks before the doors opened at 7pm for the official opening of ‘Glastonbury: Land and Legend.’ A final touch was added to the foyer – seven retro Czech TVs were set up to show footage of the rolling countryside on Worthy Farm, as well […]

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Installing ‘Glastonbury: Land and Legend’ – Day 3

Technicians in the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery installing the infographic map

The third day of install saw the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery completely transformed! These distinctive blue chairs, the iconic image of PQ2015, greeted us from the gallery entrance. They have been suspended from a bridge which links the gallery to the medieval Bethlehem chapel on the opposite side of the courtyard. The graphics for the installation, […]

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Installing ‘Glastonbury: Land and Legend’ – Day 2

The Jaroslav Fragner Gallery is a hive of activity!

Day 2 passed in an exciting flurry of activity! On the technical side, Oli and Adam installed the projectors and the speakers in preparation for filling the gallery with sound and visuals tomorrow. The consumer unit, with all the switches marked in technical Czech, proved tricky to navigate at first, but the unswervingly helpful gallery […]

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The Private Life of Gabrielle Enthoven

Enthoven as a young woman.

In February 1931, the sculptor Una Troubridge wrote an entry in her diary about a dinner party she had hosted that evening with her partner, the novelist Radclyffe Hall. Hall had been embroiled in controversy and notorious legal battles over her banned 1928 lesbian novel, ‘The Well of Loneliness’. Over drinks and dinner, Troubridge records that the […]

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Best laid plans: mapping the V&A by Andrew McIlwraith

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Andrew McIlwraith is a PhD researcher in the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading. His research is funded by the AHRC Design Star Centre for Doctoral Training of which the V&A is a partner.   It’s no secret that the V&A is a complicated building. Even regular visitors may struggle […]

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Glastonbury Installation Series: Part 3, Politics

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Politics is the third and final theme of this year’s Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space. Alongside music and weather, it is conceptualised as an ‘invisible scenography’ by the Artistic Director of the Quadrennial, Sodja Lotker. Much like more traditional conceptions of design and space, politics profoundly shapes our environment and our behaviour within that […]

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Fashioning Professionals: Reflections on a Symposium

Gaby Schreiber Industrial/Interior Designer (1916-1991).

Photographer: Bee & Watson, 1948.

Design Council Archive, University of Brighton Design Archives.

  .   Photo: Gaby Schreiber Industrial/Interior Designer (1916-1991), Photographer: Bee & Watson, 1948, Design Council Archive, University of Brighton Design Archives.  What does it mean to be seen and represented as a ‘creative professional’? This was the question we set out to address on Friday 27th March at a symposium hosted by the V&A Research Department […]

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Band Aid Trust Collection – a new Theatre and Performance acquisition

Items from the collection, l-r: gold disc, commemorative lp, contact sheet, AAA pass & grain sack

I remember bobbing heads, more heads than I’d ever seen in one place.  I remember a man on stage; an angry man.  He had a lot of hair and was shouting at the heads.  They didn’t look scared…they looked like they were having a good time. This is how I recall the experience of watching the London […]

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Structuring the Peter Brook Collection archive tree

This diagram shows how the different archive levels fit together to form the tree.

Deciding how to structure archives can be quite a challenge. Unlike library and museum cataloguing which deals with individual items, archive cataloguing look at multiple items in relation to each other. It has different levels and they are arranged from general to specific. The lower levels relate to upper levels like a family tree. The […]

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