What's On Thursday 8 May 2014

 Exhibitions

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    EXHIBITION: Trace the eternal fashion of the wedding dress and discover the most romantic, glamorous and iconic dresses from the last 200 years.

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    EXHIBITION: Experience the life and work of William Kent, the most prominent architect and designer of early Georgian Britain. Explore how Kent’s artistic inventiveness set the style at a time when Britain defined itself as a new nation and developed a design aesthetic for the period.

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    EXHIBITION: The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014 will be the first major exhibition to explore Italy’s rich contribution to modern fashion from the end of the Second World War to the present. It will examine the craftsmanship, luxurious materials and expertise for which Italy has become renowned across couture, fine tailoring, innovative ready-to-wear and accessories.

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 Family Events

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    FREE DISPLAYS: There are hundreds of exciting hands-on exhibits throughout the V&A.

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    FAMILY EVENT: Journey across the V&A with fantastic stories, games and multi-sensory materials. Choose from Back-packs, trails 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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 Displays

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    Thumbnail for The Lost Art of Writing

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: 'Beautiful Writing pleases everyone, it makes one sought after,' explained the French writer Père Gregoire Martin in 1761. Having a fine writing hand was not only a useful skill but the sign of an educated and genteel person

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    Free entry

    DISPLAY: Part of the Brits Who Built the Modern World season. This display is the first part of a major exhibition organised by the Royal Institute of British Architects. Through drawings, watercolours, photographs and models it examines where, why and how British architects built internationally, both inside and outside the Empire.

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    Thumbnail for Alec Cobbe: Designer, Collector, Connoisseur

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: For over forty years Alec Cobbe has been a key figure in the understanding and presentation of historic painting collections and interiors.

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    Thumbnail for Beatrix Potter: the Land, the Seasons and the War (WWI)

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: A year after Beatrix Potter married and moved to live full time in her beloved Lake District, the First World War broke out. As a farmer and land owner, she came to experience the changes the war brought to rural life in Britain.

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    Thumbnail for Memoirs of an Infantry Officer: Paul Hogarth Illustrates Siegfried Sassoon (WWI)

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: In 1981 Paul Hogarth made a series of vivid illustrations for Siegfried Sassoon’s Memoirs of an Infantry Officer, first published 50 years earlier.

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    Free entry

    DISPLAY: Celebrating the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, this immersive installation will examine the enduring influence and popularity of the world’s most famous playwright.

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    Thumbnail for A History of Photography

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: The Photographs Gallery draws upon the V&A’s internationally renowned collection and chronicles the history of photography from the 1840s up to the present day.

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    Thumbnail for Baroque and Later Ivories in the V&A

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: This is a display of a number of sculptures from the outstanding collection of baroque and later ivories in the V&A, including German, Austrian, Netherlandish, French, British and Hispanic works.

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    Free entry

    DISPLAY: This display explores the rich traditions of silver in the Malay world. Intricate ornament drawn from geometry and nature decorates dining vessels, clothing accessories and ceremonial regalia.

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    Thumbnail for A World to Win. Posters of Protest and Revolution

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: From the 'Votes for Women' campaigns of the early 20th century to the recent 'Occupy' movements, political activists around the world have used posters to mobilise, educate and organise.

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    Thumbnail for Simon Carroll: Expressionist Potter

    Free entry

    DISPLAY: An unconventional and adventurous artist, Simon Carroll produced some of the most singular and extraordinary ceramics of recent years.

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    Free entry

    DISPLAY: Christmas Day Gifts Certificate, 1915 Printed by Sir Joseph Causton & Sons Limited

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 Courses

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    Thumbnail for Rococo to Art Nouveau 1720 - 1900 13/14

    YEAR COURSE: Gain a unique perspective on European art during one of its most dynamic periods and consider the impact of political and social change on taste patronage and the art market. Thursdays, 19 September 2013 - 10 July 2014 (over 3 terms) 11.10-15.30

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 Free talks & tours

 Programmes for blind & partially-sighted visitors