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The art of drinking

Drink has stimulated a rich material culture. Specific situations and drinks require particular vessels; from stoneware beer mugs to jade cups and silver goblets. These objects reflect wealth and social class as well as local custom and tradition.

By placing these often curious vessels within the context of social history we are better able to understand their function and importance. The social history of drinking over the past 500 years encompasses pleasure and pain, tradition and innovation as well as extraordinary creativity in the decorative arts.

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Letterpress Beer Mat - Drink More Gin

Letterpress Beer Mat - Drink More Gin

Letterpress printed beer mat. Available in six different designs: 'Drink More Gin', 'Cheers', 'Good People Drink Good Beer', 'Why Don't You Get Out Of…

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The Museum of Savage Beauty

The Museum of Savage Beauty interactive web feature explores the hidden stories and craftsmanship behind some of the most remarkable objects made by Alexander McQueen and his creative collaborators. Here the designer's iconic pieces are placed alongside historical objects from the V&A’s collections, which represent some of the many design traditions that inspired him.

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Event - Let Them Wear Hats...

Sat 13 February 2016 10:30–16:30

WORKSHOP: Guided by pop art milliner Pearls & Swine, participants will create a unique, wearable work of art on this one day workshop inspired by millinery icon Marie Antoinette celebrating the opening of our new Europe 1600 -1815 Gallery.

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