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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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    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: Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson 1889–1946. Returning to the Trenches, 1916, Etching and drypoint.

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

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    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)

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    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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    Thumbnail for Baroque and Later Ivories in the V&A

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    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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    Thumbnail for Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright

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    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 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 A World to Win. Posters of Protest and Revolution

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    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 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, by Rose Frain (WWI)

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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 Sue Timney for West Dean at the V&A

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    DISPLAY: The V&A are the exclusive launch partner for this curated selection of fine bone china, silk cushions and silk scarves from Sue Timney’s new range of homewares and accessories for West Dean – inspired by its founder Edward James, his house and collection of Surrealist art and objects.

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    Thumbnail for V&A Design Fund 2014

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    DISPLAY: The V&A’s contemporary collection represents transformations in design and society. The V&A Design Fund supports selected contemporary acquisitions which are exhibited each year during London Design Festival.

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    DISPLAY: Fascinated by the themes of movement and the perception of space, multi-disciplinary designers Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby have devised an immersive, kinetic sculpture in conjunction with BMW that distorts the viewer’s sense of perspective as they view the Raphael cartoons on display at the V&A, and the architecture of the room they are standing in.

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    Thumbnail for The Wish List

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    DISPLAY: Sir Terence Conran and Benchmark Furniture teamed up with the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) and invited 10 illustrious names in design and architecture to each nominate an emerging talent to collaborate on a very open brief: 'What have you always wanted in your home, but never been able to find?'

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    DISPLAY: The multi-disciplinary team comprising of product designer Felix de Pass, graphic designer Michael Montgomery and ceramicist Ian McIntyre present an immersive installation within one of the V&A’s darkest spaces.

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    DISPLAY: The entrance to the V&A’s Glass Galleries will be transformed by a site specific work created by the Paris-based designer Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert.

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    DISPLAY: Crest, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, provides an engaging feature across the pool in the centre of the V&A’s John Madejski Garden. The form explores the relationships between fluid and Cartesian, solid and void, surface and structure.

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    DISPLAY: A collaboration between London-based print and design studio David David and British manufacturer Johnson Tiles, Carousel Wall sees the inside walls of the V&A’s Tunnel entrance covered in bold geometric shapes and bright shades.

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    DISPLAY: Michael Anastassiades in collaboration with Flos will present the lighting installation Ama, made by mouth-blown opaline spheres and brass. The piece is an appreciation of the pearl diving mermaids of Japan.

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    Thumbnail for Dream-Land, by The T/Shirt Issue

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    DISPLAY: The T/Shirt Issue, a collective based in Berlin, have been in residence in the Museum for six months as part of a German design residency in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut London.

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    Thumbnail for Live Up/Blank Totem, by Nao Matsunaga

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    DISPLAY: The current winner of the British Ceramics Biennial award, Nao uses ceramic, plaster, wood and paper to express various aspects of his subconscious.

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    Thumbnail for Military Secret, by James Rigler

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    DISPLAY: James is a contemporary ceramicist who creates sculptures and installations that question the architecture and meaning of the places around us.

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    Thumbnail for 171 St Pauls, by Liam O'Connor

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    DISPLAY: Much of Liam’s practice is centred around architecture and spaces in London. This moving image work installed in our architecture gallery layers 171 photographs, taken over the last eight years, of the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral from different angles around the city.

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    DISPLAY: Enjoy an immersive Sculptural 4k Video Art Installation by artist film maker Vanessa Jane Hall. Video canvasses capture the raw beauty of the country house, whether sparkling or faded.

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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 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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