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Building Cars at the V&A!

This post was written by Joanna Weddell, Researcher at the University of Brighton. She is currently completing an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award entitled Disseminating Design, which examines the regional impact of the Circulation Department in the post-war period 1947-77. If you were inspired by the BBC2 Building Cars Live programme celebrating British design, engineering and manufacturing, […]

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Cakes, Christmas, Bake Off and Mrs Beeton: a select bibliography of cookery books in the National Art Library

McDougall's Christmas Cheer 1935

During the festive season and following yet another successful series of The Great British Bake Off, you can continue to explore some of the baking and cookery treats served up, here at the National Art Library. Episode seven of this series of Great British Bake Off was Victorian week and saw the bakers attempting recipes […]

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A Shifting Snow Maiden

Anyone with small children will know that snow maidens have had a resurgence in popularity in the last few years thanks to a certain ubiquitous Disney film, but this is only the latest in a long history of snowy maidens in folk and fairy stories. In this blog I’m going to look at the Russian […]

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Filming Fifi

AV (= Audio Visual – so, this tends to mean film) material has become an expected feature in exhibition design. While we don’t want this material to distract from the objects themselves, film and sound can be a great way to further engage with visitors and add to the exhibition’s mood and atmosphere. With the […]

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Royal recycling

A Habsburg treasure in the V&A’s new Europe 1600-1815 Galleries When thinking of the collections of early modern European courts, masterpieces displayed in cabinets of curiosities and treasuries come to mind. In the V&A’s new galleries these appear as eternal treasures, pristine and immutable. But not every work was revered as sacrosanct masterpiece. As one of […]

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Faith’s Festive Finds

By Danielle Sandwell Hello, I am a new volunteer working on the Faith Eaton project. Since joining the team I have been helping to sort through Faith’s vast collection, getting an insight into Faith’s interests and how she dedicated her life to writing about and repairing dolls as well as collecting anything else with relevance […]

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Peter Brook from Archive to Action: Sedgehill Hub

This is a guest post by Grace Khoo. Grace  is currently pursuing her Masters in Applied Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She has previously worked as a performer, puppeteer, production assistant and facilitator.  She graduated from the National University of Singapore’s Theatre Studies program. Grace is observing the work of Gemma […]

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Plastic fantastic – new acquisitions on show

What does Disney’s ‘Elsa’ fancy dress costume and an orange toadstool desk have in common?  Apart from an awful lot of plastic, they are two of the new acquisitions NOW on display at the V&A Museum of Childhood. Made from bright, durable, synthetic materials, these diverse items reflect the broad range of mass produced items which are marketed at […]

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Peter Brook from Archive to Action: Chiswick School Hub

This is a guest blog post by Danielle McIlven. Danielle is an experienced Community and Youth Theatre Director working in the UK and Internationally. She is the Director for the Chiswick Hub of the Peter Brook Schools Project, which is comprised of Chiswick School, Watermans and Gunnersbury Park Museum. The scope of this project is […]

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