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vam.ac.uk turns 20!

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Today is the 20th birthday of vam.ac.uk. Having arrived on its due date 20 years ago, it was nurtured through the early years of museum digital infancy, enjoyed all the freedom, self-discovery and turbulence of the teenage years and has grown into a sophisticated, well-adjusted and thoughtful website. Following huge reinvention earlier this year, a […]

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V&A wins best website at the IDCA Awards 2016

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It’s fitting that on its 20th anniversary, the new V&A website, vam.ac.uk, has won best website at the International Design Communication Awards 2016. The IDCA awards assess and reward the best communications, design and branding strategies within the arts and museum sphere. Announced at Communicating the Museum conference in Quebec, the award is a wonderful […]

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V&A Illustration Awards 2017 … who’s next?

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Last week, in prepping for the opening of the 2017 V&A Illustration Awards, we found ourselves browsing through previous winners of the competition. The breath and scope of illustration styles is still astounding and every year, as the entries start rolling in, we often find ourselves wondering …which one of these artists will be next […]

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IIIF at the V&A

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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

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    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

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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

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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

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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

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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; 
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‘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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