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‘A Stitch in Time: Home Sewing Before 1900’

Arm and Platform sewing machine by Edward Ward, c.1875-80. M.44-1991

  A stitch in time, may save nine. First recorded in Thomas Fuller’s Gnomologia, Adages and Proverbs (1732)   The meaning of the ‘stitch in time’ proverb is well known: if you address a small problem with a little work, you prevent it from becoming a big problem requiring a lot of work. It’s probably no […]

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The Tower of Babel – 200 days to go!

Barford Tower of babel 6m in gallery

200 days to go! The Tower of Babel will open on 8 September this year. This is an exciting time as we (amongst a million other things) finalise samples, prepare artwork, finish photography and build the website.  Soon we will be going into full production of the 3000 bone china London shops. Through this blog […]

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Evening Dress by Balenciaga, 1962

While I was studying for my MA, I used to use research trips to London as an excuse to head to the V&A. In particular, since I obviously always ended up in the Fashion Gallery, I used to ‘visit’ a dress by Balenciaga. The Fashion Gallery case displays are rotated and changed every few years, […]

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To the left, to the left: Installation Part 2

Florence pushing a trolley of objects through the gallery

Can a display exist without objects? (One of the big philosophical questions of our time). I think not. So with the cases clean, loan objects condition checked and labels installed, we were ready to embark on the most exciting part of the process: installing the objects! This involved lots of trips back and forth from […]

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Stepladders, Spode and a Squeegee: Installation Part 1

Curator Rebecca Wallis stands on a stepladder cleaning the wall case

The time has come to install the Blue and White display! Last week we said goodbye to the previous Gallery 146 show of Simon Carroll’s work, which has now been shipped off to the Ruthin Craft Centre in Wales. This has left the gallery empty and ready for us to start creating a mesmerising world […]

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Selecting Furniture & Sculpture Part III

This one please!

Suitable for Inclusion? – Some Practical Considerations So you’re a curator with your eye on an extraordinary, dazzling furniture or sculpture object (which perhaps handily belonged to someone famous!) that you would like to include in your galleries. Now you need to consider further practical aspects that might determine whether or not it is suitable […]

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‘Here be Dragons’

Plate
Made in Staffordshire, about 1810-1820
	Mark: imitation of a Chinese emblem, printed in blue
Lead-glazed earthenware
55-1870

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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Rose Frain’s installation This Time in History, What Escapes (2014-1914)

Rose Frain's studio

This Time in History is my overall, continuing art project, so when Elizabeth James, Senior Librarian at the V&A National Art Library invited me to create a small installation to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War, I was delighted. A very exciting remit: in the two vitrines on the Library […]

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T-Shirts 101

© Naval History and Heritage Command

The T-shirt is one of the world’s most ubiquitous garments, produced for both the high street and haute couture. It is 101 years since it was officially recognised as outerwear, and on the 2nd September the V&A opened a small display in its fashion galleries, drawing from the extensive collection of T-shirts in the Textiles […]

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Always be prepared

In the stores  © Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent

With just under seven months until the Blue and White: British Printed Ceramics display opens preparation is fully underway. Research began in 2013 with visits to the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, the Wedgwood Museum and the Spode Museum Trust in Stoke-on-Trent to explore their collections of blue and white. Working with the curators Miranda […]

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