What V&A objects have you been searching for in 2018?

Digital Media
December 21, 2018
Super lamp, Martine Bedin and Fausto Celati, about 1977. Milan, Italy.  Museum no. M.1-2011. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London


It’s that time of year again when we get to dig into our stats and reveal what you’ve been popping into our website search box during 2018.

Welcome to the V&A’s 2018 Top 20 Search Terms!

But first a couple of caveats:

These are the results as of today – I’ll be updating this post with the final rankings early next year. As noted last year, this list is of searches where visitors have typed the word directly into our search box and doesn’t include direct links to our Search the Collections pages from our Collections pages. Also, variations in spellings and capitalisation will affect the stats (e.g. ‘photography’, ‘Photography’ and ‘photos’ will all be counted as different searches).

With all that said, here are the top 20:

  1. dress
  2. Sèvres
  3. william morris
  4. corset
  5. fashion
  6. embroidery
  7. jewellery
  8. ceramics
  9. toys
  10. chair
  11. wallpaper
  12. shoes
  13. balenciaga
  14. mantua
  15. india
  16. art deco
  17. furniture
  18. textiles
  19. kimono
  20. glass

Collection spikes

In now an annual tradition (for the second year anyway), we present our ‘Objects of the Year’ – those objects from our collection that had a sudden surge of love due to some topical event, anniversary or just because…


Footwarmer, about 1650, Netherlands., Museum no. 592-1906. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Merry Christmas!

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Digital Media
December 21, 2018

Is a web developer at the V&A interested in data and systems, and the complicated connections between them. ORCID: 0000-0002-3177-1313

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Thrilled to see the Footwarmer from the Europe Galleries display on Dutch Gold Age Interiors as the December object. The wind off the North Sea can be extremely biting!

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