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‘The Arrival of the Turkey from Goa,’ from The Jahangirnama, Ustad Mansur, ca. 1612. © Victoria & Albert Museum.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Factory!

With the last days of November approaching, many American minds are turning to their Thanksgiving celebrations. Since becoming an official federal holiday in 1863, the last Thursday of the month has been reserved for visiting family and friends, watching the (American) football game, and sharing an enormous turkey dinner. Having spent weeks eagerly reviewing my […]

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Queer disobedience

‘Disobedient Objects’ is a ground-breaking exhibition bringing objects of art and design produced by grassroots social movements and international activists into the V&A.  The show is free and runs until 1st February 2015.  There are some extensive blogs by the curators, exhibitions and technical services staff involved in producing the show, exploring various aspects of the exhibition […]

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Out On Display #11: Kissing Doesn’t Kill

  ‘KISSING DOESN’T KILL, GREED AND INDIFFERENCE DO’ Designed by Gran Fury : Published by ACT UP USA, offset lithograph, 1989 Given by Shaun Cole E.472-1993 On display in room 76   Gran Fury was a collective of artists and designers dedicated to promoting AIDS/HIV awareness. They used a variety of media in their efforts […]

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‘A World to Win’ is on the move

‘A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution’ is on the move!  The display exploring a century of political posters came to an end at the V&A last week and the show will begin touring around the country until 2016.  I have been scouring the web for content regarding the recent referendum on Scottish […]

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Out On Display #6: Unite to Fight!

                    Unite to Fight           Su Negrin, Inkworks Press           USA, offset lithograph, 1976           Given by Greenwich Mural Workshop           E.152-2011           On display in room 90     This […]

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Inspiring Beautiful Free shoot

Here are some behind the scenes shots of the Inspiring Beautiful Free marketing campaign shoot. We have been working with photographer James Medcraft www.jamesmedcraft.com The shoot in the John Madejski garden was the final in the architectural series. .

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This double-sided placard is one of a series of placards made by radical queer marchers at a protest rally on February 4 th, 2012, where the LGBT flag appeared for the first time at a political demonstration.

Placards and Pride in Russia

Today over 20,000 people will participate in Pride, one of London’s largest events celebrating the LGBT community.  This year organizers have chosen the theme Freedom to…. , an idea closely tied to one of the placards in our exhibition ‘Disobedient Objects’. This placard formed part of a spontaneous 2012 exhibition in Moscow, after President Vladimir Putin’s […]

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‘Our Power is in the Street’. American Posters of the 1960’s

  At University I was instructed to use the internet with caution- fine to look up a date or person on Wikipedia but never cite it as a source or rely on a Google search to provide all the answers. However whilst researching the backgrounds of the modern protest posters for the display A World […]

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Keep Britain Tidy

A new book by Hester Vaizey looks at public interest posters in Britain from the 1940s to the 1970s. It presents a selection of posters from the National Archives giving tips on diet, encouraging people not to smoke and, of course, exhorting them to keep Britain tidy. Governments continue to use posters and billboards to […]

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St. Patrick’s Day

This weekend the world will turn green, in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day on Monday 17th March. We here in the Word and Image Department have donned our shamrocks and found the best examples of ephemera associated with the Emerald Isle in our collection to share with you today. Life of St. Patrick, Phoebe Anna […]

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