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Constable Digital Kids activity to do at home

As the Constable: The Making of a Master exhibition enters its final month at the Victoria & Albert Museum and with young animators and digital painters anticipating new tablets for Christmas presents; this refresh of the basic instructions for PhotoViva and PuppetPals apps from the two Constable themed families activities this term, should provide a well-timed reminder […]

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The Damascus Room as it looked around 1932, when it was installed in the Bethnal Green Museum (V&A: 1784-1932) © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

A room from Damascus

In April 2015 the V&A will open a small display in the Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art about the 18th-century interior from Damascus that we used to have in our collection. Used to have you might say? This is quite a complicated story, which I am gradually uncovering. In the 18th century, the principal reception […]

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Inspired to Make: Angry Birds

As the last days of 2014 fly away, the Fabric of India team is working hard to be ready for what will surely be a very busy year. We’re packing in as much as we can before 2015 arrives – mocking up displays, measuring extra fabric, and formatting our labels. As we go, we are – […]

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Save the Wolsey Angels: The candelabrum and the sarcophagus

With the reopening of the Weston Cast Court and the Members’ Events organised visit to St Paul’s Catherdral, we’ve been finding out a bit more about the rest of  the tomb that Cardinal Wolsey and Henry VIII had in mind. Wolsey was much inspired by Pietro Torrigiano’s gilt tomb for Henry VII at Westminster Abbey,  […]

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Q&A: Curating Christmas in the V&A Shop

Our Visual Manager Charlene Betteridge, and illustrator Lynn Hatzius have transformed the shop into a wonderful ‘Winterland’ for this year’s Christmas display. Charlene and Lynn explain the inspiration and process that went into creating this beautiful display… Where did you first see Lynn’s illustrations? Charlene Betteridge: I first saw one of Lynn’s illustrations of an […]

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Are you sitting comfortably? – or, plumping up a 17th century Dutch cushion

With the weather getting that bit nippier out there, it’s rather nice to turn our thoughts to home comforts. However in this case it is the home comforts of a 17th century Dutch household. This tapestry cushion cover will feature in our Dutch Domesticity display. In 1648, after a long military struggle, the Dutch Republic […]

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Indian blues… and reds… and yellows

A major focus of The Fabric of India is on the making of Indian textiles, and dyeing has been a key part of that process for thousands of years. Indigo is the dye most often associated with India, and the dye and the country were so inseparable in the ancient world that the Greeks named the […]

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The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

What is Luxury?

‘What is Luxury?’ is the final exhibition in a triennial series organised in collaboration with the Crafts Council. It follows from the successful ‘Power of Making’ in 2011. This exhibition is not focused on luxury consumption. Given that the V&A is located in one of the most consolidated areas of luxury consumption from food to […]

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No Country for Old Dolls?

GUEST POST: Lauren vonBechmann gives the background to our new Small Stories trailer. One of our main aims of Small Stories is to bring each dolls’ house to life, and what better way to do that with a film? With the help of Peter Kelleher, V&A’s Motion Media Manager, aka filmmaker, we were able approach […]

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The Red Ribbon

Many people have an individual reason for wearing the Red Ribbon but it is generally understood as a symbol to demonstrate awareness and support for people living with HIV and AIDS. The Red Ribbon first appeared in 1991, the result of the shared ideas of a group of New York artists who had gathered to discuss a […]

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