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Beautifully Unphotogenic

“Well, that just looks awful…” You would think a beautiful textile would be easy to photograph beautifully. After all, the thing is gorgeous! Luminous! Glorious! How could it be possible for it not to look as spectacular as it is? You would be surprised. Rounding the bend of the new year, and looking down the […]

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Curator Rebecca Wallis stands on a stepladder cleaning the wall case

Stepladders, Spode and a Squeegee: Installation Part 1

The time has come to install the Blue and White display! Last week we said goodbye to the previous Gallery 146 show of Simon Carroll’s work, which has now been shipped off to the Ruthin Craft Centre in Wales. This has left the gallery empty and ready for us to start creating a mesmerising world […]

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Richard Redgrave (1804-1888): A Reluctant Traveller

You’d think that the opportunity to travel around Italy at the Museum’s expense, hunting for priceless late Medieval and Renaissance treasures to send back to South Kensington, would have been considered by a nineteenth-century curator as one of the perks of the job. Not so with Richard Redgrave. Redgrave was a painter and arts administrator; […]

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Time capsules, finding the unexpected in buildings and objects. Part 1

One of the benefits of working in old buildings is that they often conceal secrets that are just waiting to be discovered. Before joining the V&A, I used to work at St Paul’s Cathedral, one of the world’s most iconic buildings and filled with glorious art. In the Cathedral’s crypt, I found a fascinating object […]

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The Guerrilla Girls: Fierce and Funny Feminists

Isabel Hardingham is a part-time Gallery Assistant at the V&A, a role that she combines with being Senior Bookshop Associate at the Architectural Association Bookshop. Working inside the Disobedient Objects exhibition, she reflects on the impact that the Guerrilla Girls made on her as an art history student and on the ongoing relevance of their […]

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Debenhan & Freebody wedding dress, 1926 © V&A Collection

Hitting the Sales

As January now seems forever associated with the sales, this month’s post will explore the history of purchasing wedding dresses from the late eighteenth century to the present day. An 18th century bride would be expected to marry prepared with a trousseau appropriate for her new life as a wife. Depending on her familial circumstances […]

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Helping to ensure life and movement in the galleries, Harlequin invites you dance, play and perform with him

Help us ‘Masquerade’ at the Museum this week …

This week, visitors to the Museum will be able to take a sneak-peak at an exciting interactive being created for the new Europe 1600-1800 galleries. ‘The Masquerade’ is an interactive film, offering a fictional view of 18th-century Venice. By interacting with our mischievous guide Harlequin, visitors will be able to shadow the main characters as […]

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V&A Concrete Christmas Bowling Tournament

Over the past couple of months I have been devising a bowling game to be played on the Exhibition Road building site. This game took place last Friday on December 19th, and was contested between two teams. One team made from V&A staff the other from the builders working on site, the hoardings around the […]

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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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