News from the Learning Department

News from the Learning Department brings you stories about Learning Programmes covering all audiences: families, young people, schools and teachers, higher education students, adults, communities, and the creative industries. Our team of writers will take you behind the scenes of our programmes and bring you highlights of our events.

The Learning Department programmes events, activities, courses and projects to inspire creativity in all of our audiences. We also manage gallery interpretation, residency programmes and evaluation.

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Pattern Book: A new performance by Neil Brownsword in collaboration with Paul Holdway

In culmination of his six-month residency at the V&A, ceramics resident Neil Brownsword will be presenting a new performative installation in the museum’s day lit galleries on Friday 20 and Saturday 21st April between 11 am and 5 pm. Chinoiserie sketch, Pattern Book, Neil Brownsword 2018 For nearly two decades Neil Brownsword has highlighted endangered forms […]

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Guest blog post: Hearing Futures: gamification and virtual reality in the next generation of hearing aid technology

This is a guest blog post by Yuli Levtov (Reactify) of the European Funded project, 3D Tune-In. Over 90 million people in Europe currently suffer from hearing loss and, due to an ageing population, this number is likely to continue to increase. While hearing aid technologies have dramatically advanced in the last 25 years, people’s […]

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Winnie-the-Pooh inspired February half-term

From 10 – 18 February we welcomed families to the V&A to take part in inventive and playful activities inspired by our first family exhibition Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic. There were 17,569 instances of participation with the events programme which is a 13.5% increase on last year and a 23% increase on 2016. There was […]

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V&A Opera Residents to stage new Salome performance on Friday 19 January

  Soprano Philippa Boyle Our Opera Residents have been working with composer Oliver Brignall, soprano Philippa Boyle and costume designer Jean Chan to create a new performance inspired by the character of Salome in Richard Strauss’s Opera. Don’t miss the opportunity to see them on the opening night of the upcoming V&A Opera Weekender on Friday […]

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The Seeker: Reverse engineering the machine gaze

This is a guest blog-post by artist Nye Thompson. Nye will be presenting work from her latest project, The Seeker, as part of our monthly Digital Design Drop-in on Saturday 17 February. During the drop-in session, we will follow The Seeker for 24 hours as it travels around the world and attempts to understand the […]

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V&A Samsung Digital Classroom: jewellery design with Silvia Weidenbach

  The V&A’s Artist in Residence programme creates some incredible opportunities for us as educators to work with practioners across a range of disciplines. Last month as part of the V&A Samsung Digital Classroom, Silvia Weidenbach, Gilbert Collection Artist in Residence, led a workshop with budding young jewellery designers to explore the cutting edge design […]

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V&A unveils new staff uniforms designed by Christopher Raeburn

Detail of new V&A uniform, designed by Christopher Raeburn. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

It’s been a fantastically busy and exciting year at the V&A; the Museum’s immense creativity and reach has continued to flourish and grow. The wealth of remarkable ideas and objects found here at the V&A are embedded across everything we do. From our architecture, exhibitions and events, to our publications, retail and digital media, each […]

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Digital Design Weekend Bandung

On the outskirts of Bandung, up on the hills, there is Lawangwangi Creative Space, a gallery and restaurant surrounded by beautiful gardens, mountains and spectacular views of the city of Bandung. Lawangwangi is the host for this year’s Digital Design Weekend, the Indonesian edition, which was first presented in Jakarta last year thanks to the […]

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Hospital Passion Play

Seventy performers, including a choir of twenty stroke survivors and a Shout at Cancer choir consisting of eleven people who had their voice boxes removed as a result of throat surgery were joined by Garsington adult community chorus to perform live on the stage at the Victoria & Albert Museum.  Their live performances were delivered […]

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Digital Futures: e-stitches

This coming Saturday, Digital Futures will be bringing back members of the e-stitches group, a meetup for textiles and technology taking place regularly at the V&A, in a special session including a showcase, talks and smart festive gift wrap workshops – right on time for Christmas! e-stitches has over 140 members from a wide variety of […]

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