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The Year of the Horse

31 January marks the beginning of the 15-day festival of Chinese New Year. 2014 is the Year of the Horse, traditionally a fortunate year that brings luck and good things. The V&A collections are awash with all thing equine from the ancient to some of our latest acquisitions. This ancient Chinese jade horse was placed […]

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A V&A Collections Christmas Dinner

I’ve left it incredibly late yet again, but this Christmas I won’t be charging like a lunatic up the aisles with a sweaty, panicked look on my face. I won’t stand defeated in front of empty shelves where the vegetables used to be, trying to think of an appropriate alternative. And I won’t be placing […]

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Happy St Andrew’s Day

It’s 30th November, also known as St Andrew’s Day. What a perfect time to celebrate Scottish design with a look at some fine examples of Caledonian craft. We begin with an object that was not just made in Scotland, it was made *of* Scotland. Scottish stones to be precise. This double scarf or shawl pin […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s the fourth Thursday in November, which for all of our American friends can only mean one thing: Thanksgiving. Here are a few collections highlights from the good old US of A to help celebrate the big day. The most important element of any Thanksgiving feast is the turkey. Unfortunately, the lady in this 19th-century […]

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A little Movember inspiration

The nights are drawing in, leaves are falling from the trees at an alarming rate and there seems to be far more moustachioed men around than usual. Of course, it’s not just November, it is also Movember. And as the month nears its close, the charitably hirsute menfolk of the world will need to put […]

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The Art of Fireworks

With Bonfire Night tonight, and Diwali celebrations last weekend, the sky has been particularly full of colourful sparks recently. But you don’t always have to gaze up to the night sky to see a beautiful display. Take a look in the V&A’s collections and you will discover that fireworks have been inspiring artists all over […]

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Don’t have nightmares!

It’s that time of year again, when the supernatural starts to stir and everything gets a little bit spookier. To get you in the mood for some trick or treating, we’ve been down to the crypt and dug up some terrifyingly ghoulish items from the collections. Let’s ease ourselves in with something that’s not too […]

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Howzat?

As the past week has seen England retain the Ashes, we thought it was about time we stepped up to the crease to reveal some items in our collections that will be of interest to anyone who knows their LBW from their Duckworth-Lewis method. The Game of Cricket, jug, Lowestoft porcelain factory, 1769 – 1770. […]

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Health to the Little Stranger

As news of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby grips the nation, we thought it was time to show you some of the items in our collections fit for a new royal arrival.  An essential item for any baby is, of course, a cradle. This beautiful example was designed in 1861 by the architect […]

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Anyone for tennis?

Have your strawberries and cream at the ready, because today is the start of the 2013 Wimbledon championships. To celebrate this much-loved date in the sporting calendar, we’ve delved into our collections to bring you some special tennis-related objects. Tennis Rackets Sunglasses, Oliver Goldsmith Eyewear, 1956, Museum no. T.243E-1990. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London […]

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