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IIIF at the V&A


Museums have been making their collections meta-data available digitally through websites & APIs for some time now (since 2009 for our Search the Collections and the V&A Collections API) , allowing academics and other researchers to examine object records and aggregate them across multiple museum collections. However there has not been the equivalent ability for researchers […]

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Installation of the ‘Oculus’ – a window into the new Exhibition Road Gallery

Oculus Visual

    Over the past six months, the team has enjoyed watching the construction of the oculus develop and take shape on site. Now that work has completed on the concrete structure, the Exhibition Road building project is ready for bespoke steel and glass elements to be installed, and installation of the Oculus has begun. This eye-catching structure […]

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New Open Call for Gilbert Collection Residency


Gold and enamel beaker, Europe, 1600-25.
Gold and enamel

Gold and enamelled beaker, made in Europe, c. 1600-1620, Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.28-2008. © The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. We have just issued a new open call for applications for a residency responding to the V&A’s Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection. Intricate craft and a sense of […]

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Martin Roth to leave the V&A in Autumn 2016

Martin Roth, Director

Martin Roth, Director of the V&A since September 2011, has announced to staff today he will leave his role in the Autumn after five years in post. Martin has presided over a succession of critically acclaimed exhibitions, most notably David Bowie is and Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, achieving record visitor numbers, which last year reached […]

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Pokémon Goes to the V&A


The recent huge popularity of Pokémon Go (developed by Niantic), even before the official release date in the UK, encouraged us to take a look at the underlying data used in the game and how this relates to our collections. We’ve also been interested to see how the mapping and geolocation aspects of the game work […]

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V&A wins Museum of the Year 2016

HRH, Duchess of Cambridge, Art Fund, Award, winner, 2016, prize

The Art Fund Museum of the Year 2016 prize was awarded to the V&A last night at a dinner and ceremony at the Natural History Museum, London. V&A Director, Martin Roth, accepted the award from HRH The Duchess of Cambridge. The event was attended by prestigious guests from the art, design and museum world, many […]

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Open Repositories 2016

Original front entrance doors to the Victoria & Albert Museum; bronze; now in the Pirelli Garden; 
designed by James Gamble & Reuben Townroe (1835 - 1911), based on designs by Godfrey Sykes (1824 - 66), made by G.Franchi & Sons; 
English (London); 1868.

‘Better it is to get wisdom than gold’ Motto above the original entrance to the V&A As the V&A has recently launched its research institute VARI, and is obliged to make its publicly funded project outcomes (currently journal articles, excluding monographs at present – see AHRC Open Access ) available to all under open access, […]

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International Archives Day: What happened to Gallery 130?


 Today, 9 June, is International Archives Day, one aim of which is to  ‘promote and bring to the attention of the larger public unique,  extraordinary and rare documents preserved in archival  institutions’. This year’s theme is ‘Archives, Harmony and  Friendship’ – but as you’ll see, I’ve strayed off-piste… A couple of months ago I received […]

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Sensing Time: a royal mantel clock

A Royal mantel clock, Eileen Budd, 2016, London | Eileen Budd

Over the last weeks the forthcoming conference Sensing Time on 18 June 2016 has been the subject of several blogs in our series. Places for the event are still available (download the programme here). Please do call the V&A booking office on 020 7942 2211 to secure your place at the special blog offer of £15. Online […]

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Adolphe Bilordeaux: Photographs as Drawing Lessons

Albumen print of the cast of a hand by Adolphe Bilordeaux

            You may have noticed from my last post that we are currently working through our collection of photographs of sculpture. This set has been my favourite so far – it is a series of photographs of plaster casts of sculpture. The original sculptures the casts were made from date from the Classical era, […]

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