Victoria and Albert Museum

  1. Sculpture found at French flea market gets new V&A home

    Head Of A Laughing Child

    A porcelain sculpture discovered in a French flea market now has a new home - at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

    Head Of A Laughing Child, which dates from the 18th century, was found eight years ago.

    It was discovered in south-west Brittany in 2011 by retired porcelain dealer Louis Woodford.

    He recognised it as a significant piece of English porcelain and it has now been acquired by the V&A, with support from national charity Art Fund.

    New research has revealed that the sculpture was almost certainly cast from an original clay model made by renowned French-born sculptor Louis-Francois Roubiliac who was active in London in the 1740s, the museum said.

    Reino Liefkes, head of ceramics at the museum, said: "Roubiliac's Head Of A Laughing Child is one of the most exciting discoveries in ceramics for many years.

    "This vivacious sculpture is one of the most fluently modelled examples of English sculptural porcelain ever produced and I'm thrilled it joins our world-renowned ceramics collection."

    The sculpture is now on show in the V&A's British Galleries, which traces the earliest developments in English porcelain.

  2. Margaret Thatcher handbag to be displayed in V&A

    Margaret Thatcher in 1988
    Image caption: Margaret Thatcher in Germany in 1988 when she was prime minister

    A handbag which belonged to Baroness Thatcher will go on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A).

    The late prime minister's grey Asprey handbag will be "one of the leading examples of the bag as a symbol of power" at the exhibition Bags: Inside Out, to open next year.

    Curators previously said they were in talks to display one of the ex-premier's famous handbags.

  3. Documentary series to go behind the scenes of the V&A

    Victoria and Albert Museum

    A new BBC documentary series is to give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at London's Victoria & Albert museum.

    Secrets Of The Museum will pull back the curtain on the inner workings of the institution in South Kensington.

    The six-part series, due to air on BBC Two next year, will follow the V&A's specialist teams and reveal the "tricks of their trade", the BBC said, as they go about acquiring, cleaning, conserving, loaning and displaying some of the museum's more than two million objects.

    Some of the rare and valuable items at the museum include Charles Dickens' original manuscripts, Brexit-inspired vases made by the artist Grayson Perry, Kylie Minogue's travelling wardrobe and a record-breaking bike belonging to Olympian cyclist Bradley Wiggins.

    Tristram Hunt, director of the V&A, said he hoped the series "will inspire a new generation of designers and makers, museum-goers and day-trippers to fall in love with the V&A and its remarkable collection."

  4. Wedgwood collection to be digitised

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    A collection of Wedgwood art, ceramics, letters and photographs is going to be put online for people across the world to study and enjoy it.

    Wedgwood pottery vase

    In 2014, the Wedgwood Museum collection was "saved for the nation" after a £15.75m target was reached in a month to stop it being sold off.

    The collection was gifted to the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and loaned to the Wedgwood Museum n Barlaston, Staffordshire in perpetuity.

    Wedgwood Collection

    Now, the V&A says it's going to rename the museum as the V&A Collection at World of Wedgwood and appoint a new chief curator.

    It will then work on cataloguing and digitising the collection so it can be "enjoyed and studied by academics, researchers, students and fans of pottery around the world".

  5. Video content

    Video caption: Meet the woman designing Brexit-inspired china.

    From plates and bowls to egg cups, Harriet Coles thinks it's important to record some of the key moments in Brexit.

  6. V&A releases more details about Olympic Park venues

    New V&A museum

    The Victoria & Albert Museum has released further information about two new sites that it will open in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2023.

    One of the venues, a collection and research centre, is described as an "immersive cabinet of curiosities".

    Visitors will be able to learn about objects from creation to conservation and see staff "at the V&A working on real stuff in real time".

    The other interconnected site, a new museum at Stratford Waterfront, will feature curated exhibitions as well as commissions and performances.

    Find out more about the £1.1bn re-development of the site here.

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    Video caption: Dorothy Bohm has been taking pictures for more than 70 years.
  8. Chris hammers out exhibit for the V&A

    A Cumbrian blacksmith says he is proud that a piece of his work has gone on permanent display at the world's leading museum of art and design.

    Ironwork in museum

    Chris Brammall from Ulverston has been making sculptural and architectural metalwork for more than twenty years.

    He was commissioned to produce unique decorated balconies for a new building in Kensington in London, and now the nearby Victoria and Albert Museum has taken one of the balcony panels for its Ironwork Gallery.