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  After years of planning, months of preparing, and weeks of installing, the last Fabric of India case has officially been closed . Two-hundred-odd objects were successfully installed over 14 straight days, by a team of dozens of people. Exhibition coordinators, contractors, technicians, textile conservators, designers, and curators all worked tirelessly to ensure everything came together […]

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V&A’s sixteen ceramic poppies now on display

Sixteen ceramic poppies from ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’

Sixteen ceramic poppies acquired by the Museum for its permanent collections are now on display in Room 103. These come from the poignant, dramatic and phenomenally crowd-drawing installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, sited in the dry moat of the Tower of London between 5th August and 11th November 2014. Commemorating the centenary […]

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Guest Post: Installing Shoes- Pleasure and Pain


Second year student on the V&A/RCA History of Design MA, Joanne Pilcher takes us behind the scenes of the installation of the exhibition ‘Shoes Pleasure and Pain’. ……………. Recently Gallery 40 in the Victoria and Albert Museum has been a hubbub of activity as we have prepared for and installed everything for the exhibition ‘Shoes: Pleasure […]

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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!

Artist's impression of a section of The Tower of Babel, (c) Barnaby Barford

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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Start as you mean to go on

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’

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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