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All work and no play makes the museum a dull place?

Crookes Radiometer, Image by Lina Hakim

by Grace Bremner   “[W]e learn by interacting with bits of the world even when our words for how these bits work are inadequate.” -Davis Baird   All work and no play makes the museum a dull place. Or so Lina Hakim would have us believe through her latest seminar in the History of Design […]

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Personal Favourites: installing beautiful creatures

Silver-gilt, diamonds
Emden, Germany, ca. 1620
Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.59:1,2-2008

This week my colleagues and I installed some extraordinarily beautiful, dazzling, precious pieces from the Gilbert Collection of silver in the V&A Whiteley Silver Galleries as part of the display Personal Favourites: Gold and Silver from the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection. While installation was in full flow, a mother walked along the gallery with […]

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Save the Wolsey Angels – Director’s Circle exclusive object handling session

Clement VII

Focus On… The Wolsey Angels and Early 16th – Century Sculpture Director’s Circle members were given an exclusive object handling session exploring the art-historical context of the Wolsey Angels. Members joined Director, Martin Roth, and the Keeper of Sculpture, Metalwork, ceramics and Glass, Paul Williamson at this unique behind-the-scenes event to understand the Angels in […]

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‘Here be Dragons’

Made in Staffordshire, about 1810-1820
	Mark: imitation of a Chinese emblem, printed in blue
Lead-glazed earthenware

This is one of the most striking pieces of ceramics that will be in the forthcoming V&A display Blue and White: British Printed Ceramics   The dragon on this earthenware soup plate appears to be swirling in the air ferociously grasping a flaming shell-like object in its claws. It is highly unlikely the decorator of this object […]

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The Story So Far: A Huge Variety From Around The World

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Hunting Through the Weird and Wonderful at the Economic Botany Collection, Kew Walking into the Economic Botany Collection stores at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the first thing you notice is how chilly it is. Curator Mark Nesbitt does warn visitors to dress up warm – should you ever get the chance to visit, do […]

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Welcome (back) to Twin Peaks

Samuel Bourne, 1886 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Surely not! After all this time, countless cups of damn good joe and plates of cherry pie, it’s happening again… David Lynch and Mark Frost‘s cult series set in the sleepy town of Twin Peaks, a place where “…a yellow light means slow down, not go faster”, is set for a return in 2016, a […]

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From School to Sailors: Childrenswear from the Museum of Childhood on Europeana Fashion tumblr


As the summer nights draw in and children return to school, my mind drifts off to childhood memories of days by the sea, and reluctantly getting dressed in an ill-fitting uniform at the start of another school year… oh to have that time back…. Photograph, tinted and mounted on card, of a girl in a […]

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‘Magical’ Research trip to N W India

Teapot, 19th century, made in Ladakh, N W India.
Silver gilt, silver and brass gilt, with inset turquoise. 
Silver gilt, silver and brass gilt, with inset turquoise IM.112-1927

Oral histories have the capacity to transport us not just across time but across space.  Stories are in a sense a kind of ‘object’ encompassing trajectories of affect and sensation which is why I found this account by Dr John Clarke, curator of the Himalayan and southeast Asian collections, so compelling.  He describes a research trip he made in 1986 to the Zanskar Valley, […]

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Back to School

Satirical print, seven men standing in front of the window of Darly's print shop looking at his caricature publications in the window. 14 July 1772 Etching

© The Trustees of the British Museum

Continuing preparation for the forthcoming V&A display Blue and White: British Printed Ceramics I went back to school last week, well a ceramics summer school at Ellesmere College in Shropshire. The Northern Ceramic Society generously sponsored a bursary for me to attend as this year the programme was particularly relevant; ‘The Curious Art’: Printing on […]

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A work of art or so last season? Managing intellectual property of the V&A fashion collections


What do Chanel’s interlocking ‘C’s, Louboutin’s red sole and David Bowie’s stage costumes have in common? They are all protected by intellectual property (IP). 5 pairs of Christian Louboutin Fifi pumps with 100mm heel in shade Blush No. 5. Museum no. CD.28-2014- CD.32-2014  ©Victoria and Albert Museum,London  What is IP I hear you ask (or […]

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