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Choosing the right yardstick: What research tools to use when in the digital development process

I felt something of an imposter speaking at the recent (and nattily titled) Scottish Network on Digital Cultural Resources Evaluation Symposium – #EDCR2016 – which brought together academics and researchers working in the field of cultural and heritage content: I’m not an academic, nor a researcher. Nor Scottish. But research is part of the daily workings […]

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Logistics of moving a thirteenth-century cope chest

Cope chest on display at the V&A

Dr Nigel Bamforth Senior Furniture Conservator The York Minster cope chest, one of only seven surviving semi-circular cope chests in English cathedrals and a fine example of medieval timber and ironwork, was requested for loan by the Victoria and Albert Museum from the Dean and Chapter of York Minster for inclusion in the ‘Opus Anglicanum: […]

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Consumption at Christmas: Hong Hao’s ‘My Things No.1’

With only five sleeps until Christmas, things are in full festive swing at the V&A. The main entrance has been given a period makeover by StudioXAG’s Victoriana ironwork Christmas tree, the V&A Shop has come through with the perfect blend of class and culture for my auntie Karalyn’s Christmas card, and the Benugo cafe is […]

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Reflections on Christine Guth and Asian Design History at the V&A

Christine Guth in Istanbul

Christine Guth joined the V&A/RCA History of Design MA course in 2008 to lead its specialism in Asian Design History. Marking her retirement this summer, colleagues reflect on her contribution to the V&A. Curators from the Asian department, Anna Jackson and Rupert Faulkner, write: When Christopher Breward, then Head of Research, told us that Christine […]

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Christmas in Design Archives Online

‘Post early,’ poster, Hans Unger, 1964

By Ruth de Wynter, Project Assistant, Design Archives Online When it comes to Christmas shopping, two perennial problems are what to buy and – if you’re not handing over your thoughtful gift in person – getting it in the post in time to reach its lucky recipient. Hans Schleger and Hans Unger, two of the […]

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Thinking and Experiencing ‘Techne’: Re-creating a Sixteenth-Century Copal Varnish

Stirring the viscous copal mixture

This post was written by second-year student, Melissa Tyler, one of a group of V&A/RCA History of Design MA students participating in the ‘Thinking and Experiencing Techne’ seminar/lab. On a cold, blustery February morning we arrived at Blythe House, home to one of the largest storage facilities of the Victoria and Albert Museum. We were […]

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V&A Collection – Trends Report 2016

Hill Top by night, Beatrix Potter, 1913, BP.294

UPDATED Post (17 Jan 2017): A slightly revised version of the top 20 searches from 2016. The initial list from before Christmas counted page views for a search, so a visitor paging through 100 pages of results for “Shoes” would be counted as 100 searches. For a different view of the data, this list is […]

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Encounters of a Museum Kind

Illustration by Eileen Budd

Fine hand skills, muscle memory, a kind of knowledge that we’re aware of, rely on and quite often, underestimate the importance of. Advocating for the significance of embodiment in all processes of cognition and learning, Encounters on the Shop Floor: Embodiment and the Knowledge of the Maker moves beyond an unhelpful divide between ‘mind’ and […]

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The Mindful Hands by Susan Harris

pinch pot being made

What do an embroiderer and a surgeon have in common? The embodied knowledge and hands-on skills in using a needle and thread; even though they are from very different disciplines and for very different outcomes. On the 15-16 December 2016, a workshop ‘Encounters on the Shop Floor: Embodiment and the Knowledge of Maker’ run by […]

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Reimagining Objects: A History of Design Exhibition

Riding Jacket

  This post was written by second-year student, Melissa Tyler, on the V&A/RCA History of Design MA. Tucked away from most of the museum is a small, light-filled library used by the V&A/RCA History of Design Masters Degree.  The course is internationally recognized as the leading postgraduate programme for the study of the History of […]

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