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V&A’s sixteen ceramic poppies now on display

Sixteen ceramic poppies from ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’

Sixteen ceramic poppies acquired by the Museum for its permanent collections are now on display in Room 103. These come from the poignant, dramatic and phenomenally crowd-drawing installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, sited in the dry moat of the Tower of London between 5th August and 11th November 2014. Commemorating the centenary […]

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Guest Post: Artist Natasha Lien on how the V&A Cast Courts inspire her work

Pencil drawing of Trajan in the Cast Court

I have always loved the V&A. It’s a vibrant, busy place which counteracts the stereotype of museums as stuffy, quiet and empty. I wanted to portray contemporary life by creating a narrative with the space itself and the diverse mixture of people that use it. The courts themselves are incredibly impressive to walk into and […]

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Pink bag


Today I went to the studio of one of London’s up and coming shoe designer to pick up a new acquisition that will feature in the exhibition: “Shoes: Pleasure and Pain”.   The exhibition will only open in June 2015. We are 6 months away; however, we are already very busy acquiring new objects for the […]

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Installing the Spring Poppy Fields

Painting conservators and curator condition-checking the object before it goes into the display case © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

When coming into the V&A visitors are often impressed by the glamour of our collections, the quality of displays, and the magnificence of the Victorian building itself, what they rarely see is the amount of behind-the-scene effort in putting together and maintaining exhibitions and galleries. Let’s look at some numbers: 4 conservators, 4 curators, and […]

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Discovering legacies at the V&A: Fred Rowley

Wolsey Angel

When I first started as the V&A’s Legacies Manager just over a year ago, I quickly became aware of how lucky I was to be in this role.  Every day I discover something new about the Museum – from the rare and often unique objects that are left to us, to the fascinating stories of […]

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V&A acquires the original Joey puppet from the National Theatre’s West End stage production of War Horse


EDIT: Please note that from 22 September 2014 Joey will be on loan to Lightbox Gallery in Woking for their exhibition The Horse at War: 1914 – 1918 We are delighted to announce that Handspring Puppet Company have donated Joey, the original West End puppet from War Horse, the National Theatre’s award-winning stage adaptation of […]

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Latest acquisition funded by Samsung for the Korean Collection at the V&A: Aggregation10-SE032RED

We are delighted to announce that the V&A has a new addition to its growing Korean Collection. Aggregation10-SE032RED is part of a series of new acquisitions purchased in the last year with the generous support of Samsung. This large contemporary ‘relief-painting’ is made by the artist Chun Kwang-Young, renowned for his creative and innovative use […]

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The Design Fund to Benefit the V&A – the 2013 acquisitions

For the third time, the Design Fund to Benefit the V&A has supported major contemporary acquisitions for the V&A collection. The five design projects acquired represent recent design debates and responses which make use of both traditional and contemporary materials, design methods and manufacturing techniques. The objects range from a hand-made toaster to a series […]

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The V&A Acquires the Vivien Leigh Archive

Vivien Leigh's Diary

We are delighted to announce that the V&A has acquired the archive of the legendary British film and theatre actress Vivien Leigh (1913 – 1967) in the centenary of her birth. The archive includes many never-before-seen records including letters, diaries, visitor books, scripts and photographs. Volume of press cuttings about Vivien Leigh’s role in Gone […]

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Happy Anniversary, London 2012: The Olympic Cauldron Model

Today is the one year anniversary of the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympics, and to mark the occasion Thomas Heatherwick’s cauldron model has been installed on display in the Prints and Drawings Study Room. The model arrives in the Study Room and is taken out of its packing crate. © Abraham Thomas The […]

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