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08 December 2009 @ 05:30 pm
The travels of Brammers, part 4a  
The new Mediaeval galleries at the Victoria and Albert have broken my brain. I didn't even make it to the Renaissance. After three hours I was only 1/4 of the way through and had artefact overload. It is brilliant and beautifully presented and with SO MANY THINGS, and then wonderful things to actually DO for school children. I may have to write a nice letter to the curators. Just ... mindblowing ... Photos later, after I have made my way to Brixton. If not heard from again, the preceding sentence should explain my fate.

Oh, and yes, this does mean that I failed to hang out with Darwin today. Tomorrow! Or possibly Thursday ...
Admiral of Strange Shipsnoeon on December 8th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
*this is the verdegris of Noe's envy*

I haven't seen the V&A since the renovations. Lucky Brammers! I'm enjoying your travels vicariously.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 9th, 2009 07:56 am (UTC)
IT IS BRILL, Noe! You will love them when you see them, between this and the Ashmolean, I have been really spoiled. The V&A transition to the new space is more successful, though of course both have the British version of finished ;-)
lisztfullisztful on December 8th, 2009 07:27 pm (UTC)
I AM SO JEALOUS. I occasionally drool over the V&A's online database. It's an art historian's dream come true!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 9th, 2009 07:53 am (UTC)
The new galleries are just spectacular, but they have that cathedral thing where your brain at some point stops being able to process individual items and just says 'So much cool stuff!!'
prone to mischieftreacle_tartlet on December 8th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
*is insanely jealous*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 9th, 2009 07:52 am (UTC)
pingridpingrid on December 8th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, so jealous! I suppose a one day roundtrip to London just to visit a museum isn't really economically or environmentally sound ... But it is very tempting!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 9th, 2009 07:50 am (UTC)
Oh Pin ... you would LOVE IT!!
snottygrrl on December 8th, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC)
i could live in the victoria and albert for like a month and be happy.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 9th, 2009 07:50 am (UTC)
Me too! We would be like the children in that book!
It's a Deensedeensey on December 9th, 2009 01:01 am (UTC)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 9th, 2009 07:49 am (UTC)
It's a Deensedeensey on December 9th, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
anna_wing on December 9th, 2009 04:15 am (UTC)
The V&A is the world's supreme hoard of Stuff. It is the Mecca of all true materialists, ie anyone who loves things just for their thinginess. I go there every time I'm in London, though the last time I nearly had a panic attack when I thought they had closed their bookshop (it had merely moved, to my great relief). Their cafe is rather good too.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 9th, 2009 07:49 am (UTC)
The cafe had good food, but the organisational ability of a handmade brick ;-)

I miss the old bookshop, it had more useful books! This one is shinier and prettier, but there are 15 books on Vivienne Westwood and not one on 16th century textiles in focus.

The new galleries are astonishing, because there is so much stuff set out in so big a space: it warps the mind trying to comprehend all the acquisitions!