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From Animal Products to Christian Dior: Opening the Drawer on a V&A/BGC Student Placement

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A guest post from Rebecca Sadtler, this year’s Bard Graduate Center MA Student Placement.   There are few things more exciting to a young fashion historian than opening an unassuming drawer and uncovering Christian Dior’s famous New Look ‘Bar’ suit tucked inside, or a Balenciaga evening dress of brilliant cerise silk taffeta, or even a […]

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Mobile access continues to grow, but has tablet access stalled?

Year on year (roughly!) growth of mobile and tablet traffic 2012 - 2015. Mobile is steadily growing. Tablet may have peaked

This graphic is a good reminder us that we should all keep reviewing our data, not just collect it. Back in 2013, we published this post about quick wins for optimising visitor pages: Making visitor information easier for mobile phone users At the time, The increase in mobile and tablet access was steadily increasing. Someone asked me recently if the […]

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Alfred Percival Maudslay and the V&A

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These striking photographs caught my eye recently, as I don’t normally come across material relating to the Maya in the Photographs Collection. Research showed me they were taken by Alfred Percival Maudslay (1850-1931), a British colonial diplomat, explorer and archaeologist who was one of the first modern archeologists to study the Mayan civilization. He began his career working for the […]

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How to gather data to show how visitors really use your site-specific features

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In this post we show how you can capture useful data that shows how your visitors are using features that are unique to your site. This is something that you can’t get from out-of-the-box Google reports. Google Analytics is great for all sorts of useful general stats. However, your services will always have unique features. We show how it is […]

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Gertrude Bell and Hatra, Iraq

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Photograph depicting a detail of a lintel in room 10 of the summer palace at Hatra, Iraq.
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Here at the V&A we have recently found a small number of photographs taken by the writer, archaeologist, and political administrator Gertrude Bell. These came to light when the recent destruction of Iraqi cultural sites prompted us to look through our collection to discover if we had any images of the places which have been damaged or destroyed. These photographs show […]

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The art and craft of shoes

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I thought it was important to give shoe designers and shoe makers a voice, to let them talk about their visions and craft in the exhibition Shoes: Pleasure and Pain, and not only have their end products on show. How do you make shoes? How do you come up with new ideas for shape and […]

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Guest Post: Installing Shoes- Pleasure and Pain

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Second year student on the V&A/RCA History of Design MA, Joanne Pilcher takes us behind the scenes of the installation of the exhibition ‘Shoes Pleasure and Pain’. ……………. Recently Gallery 40 in the Victoria and Albert Museum has been a hubbub of activity as we have prepared for and installed everything for the exhibition ‘Shoes: Pleasure […]

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Guest Post: A Warrior’s Magic Shirt

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Behnaz Atighi Moghaddam is an assistant curator in the Middle Eastern section at the V&A. Since she joined the Museum two years ago, she has carried out research on talismanic shirts and other objects of that type. Thanks to this expertise she was temporarily drafted onto the Fabric of India team when conservation work began […]

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Impractical shoes

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To mark the opening of our wonderful ‘Shoes: Pleasure and Pain’ exhibition, I’d like to share with you these photographs, which came to light as part of my ongoing research into the historic reference photographs we have here at the V&A. These images show shoes in the collection of the Musée de Cluny in Paris. […]

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Views of Norway

V&A: 685-1918 (detail)Photograph of a view of Gejrangerfjord, Søndmør (Norway), taken by  Axel Lindahl

Around a year ago I received some visitors from the Norsk Folkemuseum near Oslo. Ahead of their visit I searched through our photographs collection to see what images we had which related to Norway, ready to show our guests. I was pleased to find we had some very beautiful 19th century photographs of Norwegian landscapes and […]

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