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Rapid Response Collecting

Rapid Response Collecting

Rapid Response Collecting is a new strand to the V&A’s collecting activity. Objects are collected in timely response to major moments in history that touch the world of design and manufacturing. Each acquisition raises different questions about globalisation, popular culture, political and social change, demographics, technology, regulation or the law.

This ongoing display, which changes each time a new object is collected, shows how design reflects and defines how we live together today.

You can contribute to the discussion by tweeting our dedicated Rapid Response ideas webpage, with the hashtag #rapidresponsecollecting.


A History of the Now, Found in Politically Charged Objects, New York Times

The V&A looks outwards: its Rapid Response Collecting gallery is unveiled, the Guardian

Very Important Objects, The New Yorker