‘You’ve got Juliet Capulet’s balcony?!’


Learning and Interpretation
January 12, 2015

The Bed of Ware

Yes, we have! … well… not quite! What we do have, in the magnificent street-setting of the Medieval and Renaissance galleries, are rare surviving examples of balcony panels from the Palazzo Pola in Trevis, Italy. Probably carved in the workshop of Pietro Lombardo around 1490, squint and you can almost imagine Juliet leaning demurely over the edge whilst ‘light from yonder window breaks…’ And it’s objects like these, and The Great Bed of Ware, mentioned by Sir Toby Belch in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (pictured here) that school groups can explore as part of our unique Reel to Real season of free film screenings and self-guided gallery tours throughout the academic year. All thanks to our new partnership with education charity Into Film. Students can visit the V&A to watch big name films on the large screen of the Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre and immerse themselves further in the world of the stories, themes and characters by taking tours round the galleries of the V&A. From sculpture to architecture, fashion to theatre and performance, original objects are sure to ignite curiosity and encourage groups to appreciate film on a deeper level. Each screening is supported by an introduction and free online resources with exercises, activity suggestions and gallery guides to ensure groups get the most from their visit on the day and back in the classroom. Film titles include Great Expectations, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night and Pride and Prejudice. For more information on all film titles in the series and how to book visit www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/w/workshops-for-performing-arts,-media-studies-and-english-secondary-students/

To look at the self-guided gallery resources scroll to the end of here: www.vam.ac.uk/page/t/teachers-resources/

See further in-depth resources on the Into Film website: www.filmclub.org/resources/#id/48 

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Learning and Interpretation
January 12, 2015

I'm Team Leader for Digital Programmes at the V&A and run events, workshops, talks and festivals with artists and designers who use and experiment with digital tools, processes and manufacturing.

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