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Pickin’ Up Good Vibrations?

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Vibrations may have given the Beach Boys excitations but in a Museum vibrations can give curators and conservators serious concern. The movement of vibrations can put objects at risk of harm and potential damage. Vibrations can be created by a number of things, for example a busy road outside or foot falls on a springy […]

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The Château de Juvisy

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Last week Brodie Lyon posted about ‘The Château de Juvisy’ by Pierre-Denis Martin making its journey from Versailles to the V&A [see here]. The painting had been on display at the Palace of Versailles as part of the André Le Nôtre in Perspective 1613 – 2013 exhibition, celebrating the work of the noted landscape gardener, […]

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No Longer for Sale!

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Those of you who have passed by the Museum in recent days may have noticed that it is no longer being touted by Messrs Elmgreen and Dragset as a ‘New Residential Development’. Back in October, those artists took advantage of the hoardings covering up building works and used them to display this provocative sign as […]

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Shades of Grey

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I have to admit that many of the tasks I most enjoy are those which necessitate bringing together a number of museum objects in the same space. Placed together, objects seem to become more ‘alive’ as their various colours and textures draw out and highlight a range of different qualities in each other. So this […]

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Religious Ceremonies of the World

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In a previous post I explained how we have been holding workshops with external specialists. These enable us to draw from a broad spectrum of expertise when focussing on specific areas of the galleries and their development. We recently held another of these workshops, this time focusing on a significant work that was first published […]

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Moving Objects

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I was going to start this entry by mentioning how nice it is when going about the Museum to occasionally ‘run into’ Europe Gallery objects as they are being transported between various departments or studios. When leaving my office a few weeks ago I found this rather large frame at the top of our stairs […]

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Drawer Objects

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Some of the objects going into the galleries cannot be displayed in the usual display cases, most often because an object is particularly light sensitive. This means that its condition and stability would deteriorate if it was kept on long-term display, exposed to a constant light. To enable some of these sensitive objects to be […]

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Considerations on a Handkerchief

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At the start of December I introduced you to one of my (many) ‘favourite’ objects that will be on display in the new galleries – a handkerchief with a design commemorating the first manned, hydrogen-filled, balloon flight, that ascended from the Tuileries Palace on 1st December 1783. The handkerchief design obviously encourages discussion and consideration […]

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Flying High – 230 Years Ago Today

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‘All the Conversation here at present turns upon the Balloons’  Benjamin Franklin (France, 1783) Our galleries cover a period that witnessed many great scientific and technological discoveries and achievements. One of the most visually spectacular of these was the development of balloon flight. Ballooning was a scientific feat that caught popular imagination across Europe in […]

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Keeping Warm

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While a steady rhythm of cold rain continues tapping on the Museum windows, there are a number of objects going into the galleries that provide a satisfying suggestion of warmth and comfort. Most notably, there is the lucky lady depicted in this large Flemish tapestry warming herself by a large fire and being brought a […]

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