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new iPad game, Strawberry Thief

The Strawberry Thief iPad Game

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

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

Romantic idealists

  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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The home screen for the Strawberry Thief. © Laura Southall

Glorious Games in Digital Dundee

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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Game testing at the Museum of Childhood

Recently, we decided to mix things up and hold some open studio sessions at the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, as the games I design are largely aimed at children. I was sat amongst the dollhouse collection of the museum, with my sketchbook, notes, books I’ve been studying from and six iPads running my Strawberry […]

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The first few weeks of my V&A residency

For those new to this blog, I’m Sophia George and I will be working in the Museum until April next year developing a game design inspired by the British Galleries, which displays art and design from 1500-1900. After my residency finishes, I will be working at the University of Abertay in Dundee to create the […]

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This Week’s Post: Free From Arsenic

It seems that V&A Conservation are in favour at the BBC at the moment. This week, V&A Senior Paper Conservator Susan Catcher is featured on the BBC Four documentary, Fabric of Britain: The Story of Wallpaper, talking about the difficulties (and dangers) of treating wallpaper containing arsenic. Death by Wallpaper? Prior to the late 18th […]

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The Aesthetic Look

With just over a month to go before the exhibition opens its doors to the public, the press interest is growing. Last weekend the ‘How To Spend It’ feature in the Financial Times was inspired by The Cult of Beauty. Influenced by the paintings of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the stylist Damian Foxe transformed the actress Bonnie Wright into a modern day Fanny Cornforth or Alexa Wilding (Rossetti’s models and muses) Dressed in flowing olive-green and coral coloured gowns, Bonnie Wright is shown surrounded by peacock feathers and opulent floral arrangements. If you would like to see the photographs and a …

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