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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.90


Time for the chop! Unlikely I’ll be able to go to this place though. Truefitt & Hill is the oldest barbershop in the world, as certified by Guinness Book of World Records in April 2000. Truefitt was established in 1805 by William Francis Truefitt, who styled himself as hairdresser to the British Royal Court and the firm received their first Royal […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.89

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.89 This has got to be one of my all time favourites.  In West Ham today and a Haberdashery come Leather Accessories Supplier. I absolutely love the fact that the shop name has nothing in the slightest to do with what the shop provides. More than […]

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A Room with a View


Back in February, after months (really years) of preparation, the V&A formally announced The Fabric of India to the press. Rosemary and Divia spoke with a number of journalists about all the spectacular objects that will be in the show – from Tipu Sultan’s 18th century tent to Manish Arora’s latest designs.  But one piece in particular got maybe […]

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Structuring the Peter Brook Collection archive tree

This diagram shows how the different archive levels fit together to form the tree.

Deciding how to structure archives can be quite a challenge. Unlike library and museum cataloguing which deals with individual items, archive cataloguing look at multiple items in relation to each other. It has different levels and they are arranged from general to specific. The lower levels relate to upper levels like a family tree. The […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.27

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.27 Friday – film night!  Now we could have gone pretty much anywhere in the world with speciality video rentals and sales in London but this week let’s go to Green Lanes in Enfield and let’s go Greek.  Enfield has a large Greek and Greek Cypriot […]

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Help us ‘Masquerade’ at the Museum this week …

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

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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What Does it Take to Work in a Museum?


Training week for Second Year Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) students [Note: The V&A and a number of other cultural organisations co-supervise several cohorts of CDP students. CDP students are a category of AHRC-funded PhD students, who work closely with both a university and a cultural organisation and are supervised by both.] For four days in […]

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Belle: A special Into Film screening for schools

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On November, the V&A and Into Film Festival are offering a unique opportunity for students to understand film in new ways. The powerful film, “Belle“, will be screened in the beautiful setting of the Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre and followed by optional visits to our galleries. After the screening, students can go on […]

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I’m Sure I’ve Seen that Library Before…

(c) Victoria & Albert Museum

Those of you who have used the National Art Library’s reading rooms, or who may even be sitting in them as you read this, will not have failed to notice how beautiful they are.  Built between 1876 and 1884, the reading rooms were one of the show cases of the South Kensington Museum (now V&A), […]

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Welcome (back) to Twin Peaks

Samuel Bourne, 1886 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Surely not! After all this time, countless cups of damn good joe and plates of cherry pie, it’s happening again… David Lynch and Mark Frost‘s cult series set in the sleepy town of Twin Peaks, a place where “…a yellow light means slow down, not go faster”, is set for a return in 2016, a […]

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