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    Thumbnail for The Lost Art of Writing

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    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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    Thumbnail for Print of the Month (WWI)

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

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    Thumbnail for A History of Photography

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    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 Simon Carroll: Expressionist Potter

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

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    Thumbnail for Rapid Response Collecting

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    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 This Time in History: What Escapes (2014-1914), by Rose Frain

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    DISPLAY: As a contribution to the V&A’s centenary reflections on the outbreak of war, the distinguished artist Rose Frain creates an installation for the National Art Library.

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    Thumbnail for Russian Avant-garde Theatre: War Revolution and Design (WWI)

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    DISPLAY: This display reveals twenty years of radical and revolutionary designs for performance against the backdrop of the First World War and the Russian Revolutions.

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

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    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 Architects as Artists

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    DISPLAY: Why do architects create art? From the Renaissance to the 20th century architects have recorded buildings for study and pleasure, to document their travels and supplement their income. Drawing was also considered an important tool to educate students in their knowledge of historic buildings, and necessary to prepare presentation drawings for clients.

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    Thumbnail for Exhibition Road Building

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    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 In Black and White: Prints from Africa and the Diaspora

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    DISPLAY: This display features a variety of powerful graphic images from the 1960s to the present – prints, posters, books and ephemera – by notable artists as well as anonymous activists.

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    Thumbnail for Nativity - Martha Fiennes

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    DISPLAY: See the work of award-winning film-maker, Martha Fiennes, which is inspired by Renaissance paintings.

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    Thumbnail for Blue & White: British Printed Ceramics

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    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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    Thumbnail for The Curious Neoclassical Vision of Ennemond-Alexandre Petitot

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    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 Nursery Classics: Frederick Warne's Fine Art Picture Books

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    DISPLAY: During the second half of the nineteenth century Frederick Warne & Co galvanised a reputation as one of the country’s leading publishers of fine art picture books for children.

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    Thumbnail for A History of Photography: Series and Sequences

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    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 Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s

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    DISPLAY: This display showcases a variety of photographic responses to black British experience from the 1950s to the 1990s. All of the photographs are from the V&A Collection and were acquired as part of the project Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s, a collaboration with Black Cultural Archives funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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