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Thinking and Experiencing ‘Techne’: Revealing Object Histories with UV Light

  This post was written by second-year student, Letitia Calin, one of a group of V&A/RCA History of Design MA students participating in the ‘Thinking and Experiencing Techne’ seminar/lab.   Early on in the ‘Thinking and Experiencing Techne’ seminar and lab course of the V&A/RCA History of Design MA we investigated a selection of early […]

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Aiming for ‘Authenticity’: Re-Creating Early Modern Recipes on the V&A/RCA History of Design MA

This post was written by second-year student, Katie Vann, one of the V&A/RCA History of Design MA students participating in the ‘Thinking and Experiencing Techne’ seminar/lab. Before trying our hands at sixteenth-century varnish recipes, the class took up an initial experiment: following food recipes that were all over a hundred years old. With authentic re-creation […]

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Thinking and Experiencing ‘Techne’ on the V&A/RCA History of Design MA

Heating ingredients at Blythe House

This spring, students on the V&A/RCA History of Design MA course explored early modern artisanal knowledge and practices in ways that might appear to be rather unusual for historians. Donning lab coats and protective masks, they crushed amber, boiled linseed oil, and experimented with materials such as sandarac, mastic, spike, and camphor in order to […]

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V&A/RCA History of Design Takes a Bow

V&A/RCA History of Design Symposium, 2015. Photo: Sophie Declerk, 2015

In the final post by graduating students, Max Maisey-Curtis reveals the backstage nerves behind the scenes at the 2015 V&A/RCA History of Design Symposium. Earlier this month, the curtain fell on the V&A/RCA History of Design Class of 2015’s time at the museum, as graduating students delivered their final Symposium. In doing so, we covered […]

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Congratulations to V&A/RCA History of Design Class of 2015!

V&A/RCA History of Design Class of 2015. Image courtesy of Harriet Lane, 2015

Many congratulations to the V&A/RCA History of Design students, who graduated amidst the pomp and ceremony of the Albert Hall, last Friday, 3 July. We wish them all the very best in their future endeavours, as they go onto influence the worlds of art, design, education and whatever else they turn their eminently capable hands […]

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In praise of ibid.

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The third guest post by graduating V&A/RCA History of Design students sees Joanne Pilcher put a fresh spin on the meaning of ‘ibid’. ‘ibid.: In the same source (used to save space in textual references to a quoted work which has been mentioned in a previous reference). Abbreviation of Latin ibidem ‘in the same place’.’ […]

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V&A/RCA History of Design Joins the Dots at ShowRCA

V&A/RCA History of Design at ShowRCA. Photo: Zara Arshad, 2015

In the second guest post by graduating V&A/RCA History of Design students, Chloe Frechette and Zara Arshad take us behind the scenes in a sneak preview of what’s on display at ShowRCA, which opens to the public today. For the past week, V&A/RCA History of Design students have created networks, combining key concepts and bright […]

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Showing Ourselves Up: History of Design at ShowRCA 2015

Planning the Show Network

In the first of a series of posts by graduating V&A/RCA History of Design students, Georgia Newmarch introduces the Class of 2015. Up on the fifth floor is the V&A’s best-kept secret: students from the V&A/RCA History of Design course hard at work in their course library. This collection, unknown to most of the museum’s […]

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V&A/RCA History of Design Open Day – Wednesday 1 July

V&A/RCA History of Design course library. Photographer: Richard Haughton

See this picture of the V&A/RCA History of Design course library at the museum? This space used to be the Royal College of Art’s drawing studio, but is now home to MA, MPhil and PhD students working on the widest range of histories through design and material culture, and histories of design. (This year student […]

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V&A/RCA History of Design gets ready for ShowRCA 2015

Show 2015 Graphic Identity, Giulia Garbin and Jack Llewellyn

As we enter the supposedly slack time of midsummer, do spare a thought for second-year students on the V&A/RCA History of Design MA. Not only did they hand in 30,000-word dissertations at the beginning of May and survive final examinations last week, but now they’re gearing up to be part of Show 2015 at the […]

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