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Volunteers get hands-on

Volunteeers cleaning scrapbooks

As Cataloguer on the Peter Brook project, I’ve been responsible not only for cataloguing the Peter Brook Collection but also helping to, recruit, train and co-ordinate two teams of volunteers. The collection was purchased with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and a private donor and a key part of our application to […]

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Les Poupées Peynet – A Doll Love Story

(c) Editions d'art Yvon / V&A Museum

By Holly Tatham I’m back with more postcards! During one of the first weeks of working on the Faith Eaton project, Eloisa and I opened up one of Faith’s boxes and found a photograph album. Nothing odd there as Faith has a great many in her collection and it’s always with excited curiosity that we […]

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Faith the collector and curator

(c) Faith Eaton/V&A Museum, London

By Eloisa Rodrigues It is not easy to get into a collector’s mind and understand the reasons why someone chooses to gather selected objects to be part of something bigger. Collecting is a very meaningful occupation. It is a process of deliberative selection of a group of objects “to be lifted out of the common […]

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A Treasury of Postcards

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By Holly Tatham As Eloisa mentioned in her last post, we’ve spent days looking through and sorting out hundreds of Faith Eaton’s postcards. Whilst doing so we’ve enjoyed and considered the sense of history retained in these cards – and their varied and wonderful images. As Eloisa and I handled each postcard, looking at their […]

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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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