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The Guard Book Project – A Resource for Research

Portrait miniatures submitted for appraisal in 1939.

Well… I never knew that….. This digitisation project is providing a unique opportunity for various areas of research about the museums collections, the history of the building, exhibitions, activities, and items that were here for a short period of time for displays, or appraisals, and those that left the building never to be seen again, with examples in this blog, of […]

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Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s self-portrait: a forgotten loan

Photograph of Self-Portrait of Lourens Alma Tadema

The other weekend I visited the Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity  exhibition (7 July – 29 October 2017) at Leighton House Museum. Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836–1912) was a Dutch-born artist who settled in London in 1870 following the death of his first wife; he is best known today for his striking renditions of opulence and excess […]

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The Guard Book Project

Portrait of a female by Raphael, pencil drawing, said to be the model for his Madonnas

This project is the digitisation of The Guard Book Archive of Black & White Photographs taken by the Museum between 1856 – 1997. First of all what is a Guard Book?, other terms could be, an Album, Store Book, Scrapbook, Folder, Guard Box, the list could go on, but one word is important, the word Guard, to […]

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100 years of loans: The V&A and The Bowes Museum

From April to July 2017, The V&A loaned two paintings and three prints to the Bowes Museum, County Durham for their exhibition Painting the Stage: Garrick In Action. Assistant Curator, Harriet Reed, visited the museum to find out more about our regional loans programme and the two museums’ historic relationship. A visit to the Bowes […]

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Reveal Festival for families

This weekend take part in the Reveal Festival at the Victoria and Albert Museum. There will be lots of events for all the family including a Digital Kids Minecraft activity. On Saturday and Sunday in the Sackler Centre for arts education join artist Matt Shaw to build monumental structures responding to the new architectural spaces in […]

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20 May 1867. A milestone in the history of the Royal Albert Hall

On this very day 150 years ago, Queen Victoria went from Windsor Castle to South Kensington to lay the foundation stone of the Royal Albert Hall. She reported in her diary: A muggy dull day. At ½ p. 10 started for London. A little rain had been falling, the sky was heavy and the air oppressive, […]

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John Dillon – autograph collector

Nowadays we tend to use the terms ‘autograph’ and ‘signature’ interchangeably. When we ask a celebrity for his autograph, he usually scribbles his personal signature. There is, however, a telling distinction between an autograph and a signature, which the autograph collector Ray Rawlins learned through a frosty encounter with a member of the British aristocracy: […]

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“I am so jealous you work here!”

When a visitor says, “I am so jealous you work here”, it can’t get any better than that. The Victoria & Albert Museum is an iconic piece of Victorian, architectural magnificence, housing over 1500 years of impeccable history.  There is no other place like the V&A Museum in the world. From the moment you approach […]

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A New Line from South Kensington to Bexhill on Sea

Some exhibitions really do stem from a casual chat between curators over drinks. About a year ago, a curator from the De La Warr Pavilion at Bexhill on the south coast was talking about their plans to celebrate their iconic 1930s Modernist building to an NAL curator. Our curator mentioned a collection of material in […]

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Helmut Völter: V&A Goethe Photography Resident finishes at the V&A

We have just said goodbye to our V&A Goethe Photography Resident Helmut Völter, this was a residency in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut London. Helmut has spent six months working at the V&A, exploring our galleries, stores and objects and working with various people across the Museum to gain insight into our collection to broaden his own […]

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