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Consumption at Christmas: Hong Hao’s ‘My Things No.1’

With only five sleeps until Christmas, things are in full festive swing at the V&A. The main entrance has been given a period makeover by StudioXAG’s Victoriana ironwork Christmas tree, the V&A Shop has come through with the perfect blend of class and culture for my auntie Karalyn’s Christmas card, and the Benugo cafe is […]

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Beatrix Potter: Christmas card designer

Did you know that Beatrix Potter’s first published works were greetings cards? In accordance with her parents’ Unitarian beliefs, Christmas was acknowledged rather than celebrated in the Kensington household Beatrix Potter grew up in. Despite this, she enjoyed making Christmas and New Year cards for her relatives as a young woman. She said of those […]

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Unwrapping Christmas at the V&A Museum of Childhood

“Christmas, I always look upon as a most dear happy time, also for Albert, who enjoyed it naturally still more in his happy home, which mine, certainly, as a child, was not. It is a pleasure to have this blessed festival associated with one’s happiest days. The very smell of the Christmas Trees of pleasant […]

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Christmas at the National Art Library

The V&A is a wonderful place to visit at Christmas, with lots of festive displays, activities, and events for all!  One display that has just opened is Season’s Greetings: Victorian Christmas cards in Room 108, which features amongst other items the ‘first Christmas card’ commissioned by Henry Cole and designed by the artist John Callcott […]

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Family Art Fun Christmas and New Year

This Christmas the V&A Family Art Fun team ran a series of events to celebrate the season. From Monday 28 – Thursday 31 December, three times a day as part of Pop-up Performance, families met the Sugar Plum Fairy, a gingerbread soldier, the Mouse King and Clara and discovered the enchanting world of Christmas Crackers, […]

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Cakes, Christmas, Bake Off and Mrs Beeton: a select bibliography of cookery books in the National Art Library

McDougall's Christmas Cheer 1935

During the festive season and following yet another successful series of The Great British Bake Off, you can continue to explore some of the baking and cookery treats served up, here at the National Art Library. Episode seven of this series of Great British Bake Off was Victorian week and saw the bakers attempting recipes […]

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A Shifting Snow Maiden

Anyone with small children will know that snow maidens have had a resurgence in popularity in the last few years thanks to a certain ubiquitous Disney film, but this is only the latest in a long history of snowy maidens in folk and fairy stories. In this blog I’m going to look at the Russian […]

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Seasons Greetings from Furniture and Woodwork

Sledge; carved, painted and gilded; Netherlands, 1740-1800 (museum no. 980-1883) © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Snow brings the snowman, not the other way round. Snow also brings eye injuries, excuses from railway companies and, most importantly, sledging. Behold this festive transport, replete with carved lion and child, and imagine flying out of it, pink-faced and giggling, catching on a stone at the bottom of a gentle hill covered in barely an […]

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National Art Library Christmas Holiday Opening Times

Christmas card with robin motif

    The National Art Library is open as usual today (Tuesday 23rd) from 10.00 to 17.30. After that, we close for a Christmas break until Tuesday 30th December when again, we’re open during normal opening times, 10.00 to 17.30. Readers are asked NOT to submit online requests through the NAL catalogue between 24th and […]

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