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Writing Labels & Gallery Text

With over a year until the Europe Galleries re-open, it may come as surprise to learn that we are already nearing the final stages of editing and confirming the text that will appear in the galleries. Indeed, we are doing so, even before the cases and walls, to which they will be fixed, exist! In-situ-text […]

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A Battle of Words

Some of the most significant power struggles in an exhibition surround label writing. These struggles are not, I hasten to add, between members of staff– we’re yet to engage in fisticuffs over ambiguously placed commas. Rather, the competition is between different types of information, and who, or what, should have precedence. Although (or perhaps because) […]

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Workshops

Throughout the project we have been consulting with our peers in the V&A and external specialists.  One of the most effective ways of doing so has been through holding a series of workshops. These enable us to have detailed discussions focused on specific areas of the galleries and their development. They usually last for either […]

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If Walls had Ears (and Chairs had Mouths)

I don’t know about you, but I was very relieved to read that Dick van Dyke escaped unscathed from the jaws of death last week. Having spent my childhood learning about Women’s Lib from Mary Poppins and my student years studying the complexities of the American healthcare system by way of Diagnosis Murder, I’m very […]

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Handing Over the Gallery Space

Since decanting the galleries in 2011, we have made practical use of the emptied gallery spaces for many mock-ups (see previous post). Others within the museum have also found it a useful (and inspirational) space – as shown by the galleries’ metamorphosis into a set for a sci-film by artist in residence Hayley Nebauer! ©Air […]

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ICOM Rio 2013: Part 3

Dana Andrew recently attended ICOM’s 23rd General Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which focussed on museums’ ability to work with the content of their collections or research in a creative way to make a positive influence on society. In this post, Dana recalls visiting some of Rio’s museum highlights, and looks back on the […]

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ICOM Rio 2013: Part 2

Dana Andrew is currently attending ICOM’s 23rd General Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which is focussing on museums’ ability to work with the content of their collections or research in a creative way to make a positive influence on society. In this post, Dana gives her first impressions of Rio and the beginning of […]

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ICOM Rio 2013: Part 1

Thanks to a bursary from the British Council and ICOM UK, with additional support from the V&A, I am fortunate to attend ICOM’s 23rd General Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 10 – 17 August 2013. Not only do I face the challenge of navigating a huge general conference for the first time, I […]

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Theoretical Unmentionables: A Matter of Taste

Academic theory, as someone* once said, is very much like underwear: it provides essential structural support at all times but should remain unseen, apart from the occasional flash, revealed judiciously for maximum effect. Although they’re usually kept discreetly tucked away in exhibitions, all curators select and display objects based on their theoretical assumptions. Sometimes these […]

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Design in 2 Dimensions

Design is all about the interplay between the 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional, as ideas that start life on paper are translated into the objects that they predict. In the nineteenth century members of the Arts and Crafts movement challenged the separation of design from craftsmanship, in the belief that historically practitioners would have executed their own […]

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