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The Screaming Skull! Courtesy of Susanna Pinney

Halloween greetings from beyond the grave

All is not quite what it seems in the bustling Pinney household. There are rumours of ghosts that roam the halls, tales of ghouls that scare the staff and sightings of spirits that send shivers up the spines of visitors. This Halloween the Legend of the Screaming Skull is revealed… During research for Small Stories […]

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Style and Satire

INTRODUCING GUEST BLOGGER Sarah Grant, curator in the Word and Image Department at the V&A, and co-author of the  V&A’s new publication Style and Satire: Fashion in Print 1777-1927 Style and Satire tells the entertaining story of European fashion and its most fantastical trends from two interrelated perspectives – the lavish, celebratory fashion plate, and […]

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Invitation to our interview with DvF © V&A Collection

Bohemian Wrapsody

A very special guest will be on her way to the V&A next week. On Thursday 6th November, Diane von Furstenberg is paying us a visit to talk about her ongoing career of over forty years as a leading fashion designer and icon. Diane started her career in fashion design in 1970. Two years later, […]

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It's a bit of a balancing act! Dog balancing on two chairs on the balcony of 5 Princes Gardens, albumen print, Clementina, Lady Hawarden, London, ca.1861. V&A PH.457:330-1968

Selecting Furniture & Sculpture Part I

Today’s post has been prompted by a comment from Robert Thornhill on a previous entry. Robert asked for more information on how and why choices were made in selecting furniture and sculpture objects for the new galleries. I previously described the overall process of selecting objects back in the early days of the blog, but […]

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‘A Confusing Welcome’, 2010. RCA Graduation Show.
Photo: Ester Segarra

Meet the New Artists in Residence

October brings falling leaves and chilly nights but for us it also means new residents! We would like to introduce six (yes, six!) residents who will be drawing inspiration from the Museum collections during the next six months. Matthew Raw October 2014 – March 2015 Supported by Jeremy and Margaret Strachan Matthew Raw is an […]

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The Strawberry Thief iPad Game

I’m extremely excited to announce the launch of my new iPad game, Strawberry Thief. It’s changed a lot since the early prototype I made at the V&A earlier in the year, but I am thrilled with how the finished piece turned out. Download: Strawberry Thief Free iPad Game I was Games Designer in Residence at the […]

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Quintessentially British – Gloverall x V&A Duffle Coat

Gloverall have been making Duffle coats right here in Merrie Olde England since 1951. Over the years it has earned a firm reputation as one of Britain’s most timeless and well-respected brands. To ensure a Cosy County Christmas in the crisp outdoors, here’s a thoughtful token from us to you – V&A x Gloverall Duffle […]

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I’m Sure I’ve Seen that Library Before…

Those of you who have used the National Art Library’s reading rooms, or who may even be sitting in them as you read this, will not have failed to notice how beautiful they are.  Built between 1876 and 1884, the reading rooms were one of the show cases of the South Kensington Museum (now V&A), […]

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

‘Here be Dragons’

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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Longest Party Table in the World, PriestmanGoode

Building a Dream House

As a finale to the Small Stories exhibition, we wanted to create something new. Something that would bring the story of dolls’ houses bang up to date, and reflect on some of the themes we’ve been thinking about when we planned the show. One key idea which came out again and again when Sarah and […]

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