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Photograph of May Morris by Frederick Hollyer

Unsung Artists : May Morris (1862-1938)

One of the best things about working on the Factory project is the range of different artists and designers that we come across while cataloguing. The V&A’s collection of works on paper is huge (741,000 objects and counting!) and amongst the famous names like Constable and Raphael, there are a wealth of fascinating and talented […]

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Japanese print by Shigenobu (Hiroshige II) depicting Nakano Street in the Yoshiwara district of Edo (Tokyo) during cherry blossom season.

Toshiba Gallery – From Renovation to Innovation

The Japanese concept of ‘mono no aware’ is central to Japanese aesthetics. It is usually translated as ‘the pathos of things’ and is used to describe the beauty of the ephemeral. The cherry blossom, which blooms for only a few weeks, is highly valued in Japan because of its transience. It is fitting that as […]

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Glynn Christian in front of Giambologna's Samson Slaying a Philistine at the V&A

Why the V&A Gay and Lesbian Tour is Essential

Dan Vo examines how the V&A’s new LGBTQ Tour came to be, and why it is needed. My eye scans down the poster and is drawn to a rather handsome tail on the letter Q. The notice is headed ‘V&A Tours and Talks’, and the line I am reading says, ‘16.00 LGBTQ Tour (last Saturday […]

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In the Thick of It

What a month it has been! To all who missed a blog post last week, we can only apologise. We were all simply swamped! Over the past few weeks we’ve been working hard to complete the first draft of the exhibition label text, sort layout issues, make final changes to the book design, and take […]

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The Damascus Room is ready to receive visitors!

The Damascus Room display was ready just in time to coincide with yesterday’s conference, Culture in Crisis. We thought you might like to see how we put the display together! First, Phil Collett and Keith Hartnell from the Museum’s Print Unit installed the graphics. The watercolour sketch we have used as a contextual image for […]

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Inside the Savage Beauty exhibition

How to get your Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty ticket

Worried that you don’t have a chance of seeing Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty? Heard rumours of sold out tickets? Never fear, just follow our handy guide for buying and you’ll soon have your ticket to the hottest exhibition in town. Buy online While many of the early dates have sold out online, do not despair. […]

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Time capsules, finding the unexpected in buildings and objects. Part 2

The secret parcel and other discoveries from the Weston Cast Court. In my previous post I described some of the surprising items we found in the museum’s Medieval & Renaissance and British Sculpture galleries. The things that we found were type of messages from the past left by the people who worked in the museum […]

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We Have Fans … Boxes, Canes & Eclairs(!)

        ‘Fans can express desires, at times even speak themselves; and what beauty does a fan give in the hands of a Lady who knows to employ it fitly! It can wind like a snake, flutter, point, unfurl, move up and down, according to the situation and circumstances.’   Louis-Antoine Caraccioli, 1757 […]

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Norouz: celebrating Spring at Persian New Year

    Mark the Persian New Year celebration of Norouz by joining the V&A for a day of music, dance, song, poetry, storytelling and craft workshops for families on Sunday 22 March from 12.00 – 17.00. Events are free and drop in so do come and join us. We’re really excited about welcoming families to […]

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Hello from the Conservation Team!

  We thought it was about time that we introduced ourselves properly and with a smile! So far we have been lurking behind the scenes, popping up in the occasional blog post photo most commonly with our frowning ‘problem-solving’ faces on, unaware we were going to feature in a future post! Conserving and preparing approximately […]

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