Behind the Scenes: Cleaning Dale Chihuly's V&A Rotunda Chandelier

Chihuly's enormous glass Chandelier under the dome of the main entrance presents an interesting cleaning problem. The Chandelier is fixed in position so it is necessary for a heroic member of the Museum's technical staff to brave the heights on a 'Powerscope' - a type of raising platform.

The job requires time, skill and nerve. The cleaner must move the raising platform around the Chandelier and do one section at a time, starting at the top and lowering the platform gradually.

An essential piece of equipment is an anti-static wand with plastic filaments which is sprayed with cleaner and literally poked in and around the glass. The technician works from top to bottom and side to side. Cleaning may shuffle the glass but these components do settle back into place.

Cleaning is done before opening hours and now that the new (2001) Chandelier is twice the size of the original (1999) Chandelier the job is now done over several mornings.

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William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain

22 March – 13 July 2014. Experience the world of William Kent, the most prominent architect and designer in early Georgian Britain and explore how his versatility and artistic inventiveness set the style for his age when Britain defined itself as a new nation and developed an Italian-inspired style.

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Talitha Chandelier Earrings by Dinny Hall

Talitha Chandelier Earrings by Dinny Hall

Theses beautiful earrings are part of Dinny's 'Talitha' collection -  reminiscent of Moroccan and Persian architectural and textiles patterns…

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Event - Pop-Up Bardolatry

Sun 04 May 2014 10:00

SPECIAL EVENT: Look out for actors embedded in the galleries who will be performing short scenes from Shakespeare at regular intervals throughout the day, in a special homage to the Bard on the last day of the V&A Shakespeare Festival.

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