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Unsung Artists : May Morris (1862-1938)

Photograph of May Morris by Frederick Hollyer

One of the best things about working on the Factory project is the range of different artists and designers that we come across while cataloguing. The V&A’s collection of works on paper is huge (741,000 objects and counting!) and amongst the famous names like Constable and Raphael, there are a wealth of fascinating and talented […]

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Susan Hughes the V&A’s Legacy Manager wins prestigious Legacy10 Award

Award For Excellence 2014

Last month Susan Hughes, the V&A’s Legacy Manager won Legacy10’s Award for Excellence. Susan joined the Museum in 2013, and has done fantastic work developing the Museum’s legacy programme. The Legacy10 Award for Excellence was set up to recognise those who have contributed to legacy giving in the UK through innovation and delivery, and was […]

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Stained Glass on Paper: Morris & Co. and the Pre-Raphaelites

The finished panel. Museum no. C.317-1927.

[Stained glass] is a very limited art and its limitations are its strength. (Edward Burne-Jones, 1897) The qualities needed in the design […] are beauty and character of outline; exquisite, clear, precise drawing of incident. (William Morris, 1890) In my previous post, I looked at some early stained glass designs, and mentioned how the established techniques […]

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More Strawberry Thieves?


Today has seen the launch of The Strawberry Thief, a new iPad game developed by Sophia George, former Games Designer in Residence. Sophia took her inspiration from the William Morris textile design of the same name, which is on display in Gallery 125F. Having recently been willing the strawberry plants in my garden to come good with their […]

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The Strawberry Thief iPad Game

new iPad game, Strawberry Thief

I’m extremely excited to announce the launch of my new iPad game, Strawberry Thief. It’s changed a lot since the early prototype I made at the V&A earlier in the year, but I am thrilled with how the finished piece turned out. Download: Strawberry Thief Free iPad Game I was Games Designer in Residence at the […]

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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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Romantic idealists

William Morris and the Hammersmith Socialist League, c.1880
© Victoria & Albert Museum, London

  In 1947, the immediate post-war period, the V&A Circulation department recruited three women who were to become legendary curators in their own V&A lifetime and beyond: Elizabeth Aslin (furniture), Shirley Bury (metalwork) and Barbara Morris (textiles, glass and ceramics).  In the late 1940s, a time of progressive socialism not just austerity, Bury and Morris […]

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Glorious Games in Digital Dundee

The home screen for the Strawberry Thief. © Laura Southall

Greetings from sunny Dundee! Sitting in the lovely McManus Museum café, I’m having a bit of a break from the frenetic and fabulous Dare to be Digital Protoplay Festival. Hosted annually by Abertay University, the festival is a hub for new and aspiring gamers, including our Games Designer in residence, Sophia George. The tent in […]

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It’s a cover-up! Interior design at the South Kensington Museum


Something caught my eye in this old photograph of the V&A’s North Court taken in the late 19th century: The North Court in the late 19th century. Museum no. E.1101-1989. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London You may not recognise this space but you’ll have been in it if you’ve seen any of the V&A’s […]

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A farewell Q&A with Sophia George

We will sadly be bidding our Games Designer in residence, Sophia George, goodbye in a few days time. I thought I would grab her for a few questions about her residency before she leaves. LS: What was it like to be based in the V&A for six months? SG: It was great to be based […]

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