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Boxy jacket and knickerbockers in brushed mohair wool

Boxy jacket and knickerbockers in brushed mohair wool, designed by Bill Gibb, ca. 1976, T.444&A-1988 © Victoria and Albert Museum

Scottish design – past and present – is a major research theme for the V&A in the lead-up to the opening of V&A Museum of Design Dundee in Summer 2018.

The Scottish Design Galleries will present the extraordinary and internationally significant story of Scotland’s design heritage. They will provide an introduction to over 500 years of creativity, ingenuity and achievement by bringing together around 250 fascinating objects. From furniture, fashion and textiles, ceramics, glass and metalwork, to architecture, engineering and digital design, the galleries will showcase the huge scope and diversity of Scottish design historically and today. Drawing extensively on the V&A’s outstanding collections of over 12,000 Scottish objects, as well as significant collections in Scotland and worldwide, the Galleries will display both iconic objects and many works that have never previously been seen by the public.

Specific areas of focus include the international diaspora of Scottish design, the role of design to effect societal change, and the design process – from vernacular traditions to design for industry, to contemporary digital design in Scotland.
A major publication will be produced to accompany the opening of the Scottish Design Galleries.

Project leads:

Lead Curator: Joanna Norman, Research Department, V&A
Assistant Curator: Meredith More, V&A Museum of Design Dundee

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The Public Catalogue Foundation: Oil Paintings in Public Ownership in the Victoria and Albert Museum

The Public Catalogue Foundation: Oil Paintings in Public Ownership in the Victoria and Albert Museum

In 1857, the Leeds cloth manufacturer John Sheepshanks gave 233 modern British oil paintings to found a 'National Gallery of British Art'. The gallery…

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International Training Course

The Victoria and Albert Museum welcomes applications for ‘Creating Innovative Learning Programmes’, its new one week intensive course. This is a unique training opportunity for museum professionals from overseas who are interested in attracting and programming for a range of museum audiences.

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Event - Architecture Now: V&A Museum of Design Dundee

Fri 18 September 2015–Mon 25 April 2016

DISPLAY: Find out more about V&A Dundee through this display. Due to open in 2018 , V&A Dundee will be the first-ever dedicated design museum for Scotland. A place of inspiration, fun and learning, we are creating a world-class attraction.

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