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August in Liège

Drummers of 2015 © Liz Miller

Today we have a guest post from Liz Miller, one of the Europe Galleries Curators, recounting how a recent holiday to Liège called to mind some key features of the project. ———– The Belgian city of Liège lies about an hour by train to the east of Brussels. Even on holiday there is no getting […]

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Bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo


Today marks the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo, which was fought on Sunday 18th June 1815, near Waterloo in present-day Belgium. The battle saw Napoleon and his French army defeated by the armies of the Seventh Coalition -comprising of an Anglo-allied army, commanded by the Duke of Wellington, and a Prussian army commanded by Gebhard […]

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A Marriage, a Medal & a Painter


With the Wedding Dresses exhibition about to close, this seems an apt time to draw attention to a medal going into the Europe Galleries, struck to celebrate an important marriage 205 years ago. This bronze medal celebrates Napoleon’s second marriage to Marie Louise, daughter of Francis I of Austria, in 1810 (following Napoleon’s divorce from […]

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Born on This Day: Napoleon Bonaparte

Relief portrait of Napoleon, wax on slate, Benedetto Pistrucci, France (Paris) or England (London), 1815. Bequeathed by Miss A.F. Long. V&A A.3-1940

This day in 1769 saw the birth of Napoleon Bonaparte. Born in Corsica to a family with Italian noble ancestry, Napoleon went on to make his name one of the most famous in European history. In France he took power in a coup d’état of 1799, installing himself as First Consul and later had himself crowned emperor in […]

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Medal Cabinet Appeal – Elizabeth Bisley, Assistant Curator

Elizabeth and the Medal Cabinet

‘This cabinet is an incredibly important example of Napoleonic design, it tells so many stories about design, craftsmanship, politics and luxury in early nineteenth-century France, and would be an amazing addition to our new European galleries.’ In this series of blogs we’re interviewing various members of staff who come in contact with the Napoleonic Medal […]

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Medal Cabinet Appeal – Neide Gentelini, Gallery Assistant

Nei and the Medal Cabinet in the Silver Galleries, Level 3

‘The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design; we can safeguard the cabinet and care for it, not just in the short term but for years to come, and ensure that it is on display for everyone to see.’ In this series of blogs we’re interviewing various members of staff who come […]

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Mount Making


Many of the 1000+ objects are going in to the new Europe Galleries will require support in order to ensure they are displayed safely. This support will be in the form of custom-made mounts. Mounts can be required for a variety of practical and aesthetic reasons: To support fragile or weak objects To enable objects […]

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