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What's On Saturday 1 August 2015

 Exhibitions

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    EXHIBITION: This captivating exhibition of the pioneering 19th-century British photographer Captain Linnaeus Tripe features over 60 of his most striking views of Indian and Burmese landscape and architecture, taken between 1852-1860.

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    EXHIBITION: The third in the series of Crafts Council partnership exhibitions, What is Luxury? will present exceptional examples of contemporary design and craftsmanship alongside conceptual projects which interrogate fundamental ideas of luxury, its production and future.

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    Thumbnail for Shoes: Pleasure and Pain

    EXHIBITION: Explore the transformative power of footwear from around the world as we present over 200 pairs of the most extreme shoes from the last 2000 years.

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    EXHIBITION: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty will showcase McQueen’s visionary body of work. Spanning his 1992 MA graduate collection to his unfinished A/W 2010 collection, McQueen’s designs will be presented with the dramatic staging and sense of spectacle synonymous with his runway shows.

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 Family Events

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    FAMILY EVENT: Journey across the V&A with fantastic stories, games and multi-sensory materials. Choose from nine Back-Packs, or for the under 5s, an Agent Animal bag.

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    FAMILY EVENT: Pick up a free family trail from the Learning Centre and set off to explore the museum through puzzles, drawing and observation games.

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    Thumbnail for Hands-On Exhibits

    FAMILY EVENT: Explore hundreds of interactive exhibits throughout the Museum.

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    FAMILY EVENT: Every Saturday, join in with performances that include storytelling, interactive plays and dance. Events rotate each week – please see below for details. Suitable for all the family including early years unless otherwise stated.

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    FAMILY EVENT Join in with BSL interpreted performances for all the family.

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 Displays

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    Thumbnail for Personal Favourites: Gold and Silver from the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: Superlative silver was the first area in which Sir Arthur Gilbert (1913-2001), one of the great collectors of the twentieth century, collected. From the 1960s onwards the London-born Los Angeles property tycoon sought expert advice, but also made some idiosyncratic choices.

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    Thumbnail for Exhibition Road Building

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: This display is dedicated to the Exhibition Road Building Project: the largest architectural intervention undertaken in the last 100 years of the V&A’s history, which will create a beautifully designed new entrance, gallery, courtyard, shop and café

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    Thumbnail for A History of Photography: Series and Sequences

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: Photographs draws upon the V&A’s internationally renowned collection, which chronicles the history of photography from the 1840s to the present day. In 1852, the V&A became the first museum in the UK to collect photographs and in 1858, the first to hold a photography exhibition.

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    Thumbnail for Blue and White: British Printed Ceramics

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: Blue-and-white printed ceramics are a pronounced British phenomenon with continued appeal for potters, artists and consumers. At its very best ceramic printing in blue results in a high-quality, technically precise and aesthetically pleasing decoration, enabling a rapid design response to society and culture.

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    Free entry

    DISPLAY: Packaging for Sparkling fragrance by Allen Jones, 1993

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    Thumbnail for The Curious Neoclassical Vision of Ennemond-Alexandre Petitot

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: This display showcases 24 prints and drawings by French-born architect and designer, Ennemond-Alexandre Petitot (1727-1801) who was responsible for some of the most captivating and eccentric neoclassical ornamental designs ever produced.

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    Thumbnail for A Room from Damascus

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: In the 18th-century, the main reception rooms in Syrian upper-class houses began to be highly decorated with colourful painted wooden panelling.

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    Thumbnail for V&A Illustration Awards 2015

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: The V&A Illustration Awards are held annually to recognise and celebrate the most outstanding works of book, editorial and student illustration in the UK.

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    Thumbnail for A Stitch in Time: Home Sewing before 1900

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: This display examines some of the tools used in domestic sewing, which could be highly decorative in their own right. Often the only things that women could legally call their own, these tools reflected female status and accomplishment.

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    Thumbnail for Make/Believe: UK Design for Performance 2011-2015

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: This display will reveal the diversity of performance design over the last four years and feature work that defines the edges of this global art-form. It will include designs across disciplines – from opera, dance, theatre, to pop music– and across contexts and platforms.

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    Thumbnail for You Know You Cannot See Yourself So Well as by Reflection

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    DISPLAY: Welcome to the V&A’s summer pavilion, created for the London Design Festival at the V&A by Mexican architect Frida Escobedo to celebrate the Year of Mexico in the UK.

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    Thumbnail for Rapid Response Collecting

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: Rapid Response Collecting is a new strand to the V&A's collecting activity. Objects are collected in response to major moments in history that touch the world of design and manufacturing. The display, which will constantly change, shows how design reflects and defines how we live together today.

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    Thumbnail for Facing History: Contemporary Portraiture

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: Facing History features a variety of portraits by contemporary artists and photographers, from Julian Opie, Grayson Perry and Ellen Heck to Maud Sulter, Gavin Turk and Bettina von Zwehl.

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    Free entry

    DISPLAY: Public architecture comprises the schools, libraries, hospitals, squares and other public places where we come together. These places have traditionally given meaning to, and made a setting for, our public lives.

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    DISPLAY: Who owns our personal data and what right do we have to privacy? Public concern about how digital data is used by governments to track us, and mined by business for commercial gain has increased significantly since Edward Snowden leaked US government surveillance documents in June 2013.

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 Free talks & tours

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    Thumbnail for Daily Introductory Tour

    TOUR: Join this daily one hour tour which describes the history of the V&A and introduces a selection of treasures from the Museum's outstanding collections.

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    Thumbnail for Medieval and Renaissance Galleries Tour

    TOUR: Join this daily one hour tour which introduces the V&A's stunning Medieval & Renaissance Galleries. Starting at the Meeting Point, Grand Entrance at 11.30.

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    TOUR: Take a guided tour of the V&A's exciting theatre and performance collections, including rock & pop posters, theatre and ballet costumes, puppets, stage sets and more! See new costumes from the Lion King now on display. Starting at the Meeting Point, Grand Entrance at 14.00. Tours last approximately 1 hour

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    Thumbnail for British Galleries Tour

    TOUR: Join this daily one hour tour which introduces the V&A's stunning British Galleries which house the most comprehensive collection of British design and art on view anywhere in the world.

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 Membership Events

 Workshops

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    DIGITAL WORKSHOP: Explore what it takes to produce insightful portraits and develop an understanding of the subject/photographer relationship. Expand your photography skills and learn about a range of artistic and technical approaches to portraiture.

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