PUBLISHED: 15:12 01 November 2018 Basit Mahmood The proposed new museum on the Stratford Waterfront will seek to engage local communities. Picture: O'Donnell+Tuomey Picture: O'Donnell+Tuomey The Victoria and Albert Museum (V and A) has unveiled plans to revolutionise the way in which its world leading collection of art, design and performance is explored and experienced. The new Here East centre seeks to reinvent the idea of a museum store. Picture: Diller Scofidio + Renfro, 2018The V and A East project will create two new interconnected sites in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which will include a brand new museum at Stratford Waterfront and a new collection and research centre at Here East.It is anticipated that the two new sites will open in 2023.The developers behind say they are committed to the local neighbourhood, whilst still maintaining a global outlook.Director of the V and A, Tristram Hunt, said: “We will promote art for all.”Deputy … [Read more...] about Victoria and Albert Museum unveils plans for two new sites in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
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After Jeremy Corbyn promised to return the Elgin Marbles to Greece upon becoming PM on the basis that they were “looted” from the country, RT looks at other rare artefacts taken by colonial Britain that now reside in UK museums. “As with anything stolen or taken from occupied or colonial possession – including artefacts looted from other countries in the past – we should be engaged in constructive talks with the Greek government about returning the sculptures,” Corbyn said in an interview with a Greek newspaper. If Corbyn were to become PM, here are some of the other artefacts that might be returned to their country of origin. Ethiopian treasures Dozens of institutions up and down the country, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, are home to hundreds of northeast Africa’s finest treasures. Beautiful and equally important manuscripts and artefacts were plundered after the British capture of Maqdala in 1868, the mountain capital … [Read more...] about Not just the Elgin Marbles: Britain’s colonial legacy lives long in UK museums
Foundation fit for a duchess and a romantic take on nudes mark the month in beauty, writes Rachel Marie Walsh.Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation Create an instantly flawless complexion with ultra-buildable coverage, from a natural nude glow to high-coverage perfection. With its fluid texture & second skin finish, it offers custom-made intensity.#LTBW #DIOR pic.twitter.com/I32WsrGwiE— Beauty & Wellness (@BeautyVangelist) June 1, 2018 Beyoncé recently gave a great green butterfly-ring to London’s Victoria and Albert museum. Papillon’s perched by the jewels of Catherine the Great and Queen Elizabeth I. It should be a bee, maybe, but it is not a custom piece. Jeweller Glenn Spiro makes quite a lot of them, these giant tsavorite-in-titanium bugs. In press reports he calls the Knowles-Carters his friends and well he might, as there can be few advertising spots hotter than where American celebrity meets royalty in a public space. Dior … [Read more...] about PRODUCT WATCH: Foundation fit for a duchess and romantic nudes
Paddy Ashdown has said he sees horrifying parallels between 1930s Germany and what is happening in the post-referendum UK. The former Liberal Democrats leader told the Hay festival in Wales on Tuesday that he feared for his country, with a huge number of people left “voiceless” as Labour moved further left and the Conservatives further right. “My next book is about the German resistance to Hitler, so I’m knee-deep into research of the 1930s and I am horrified by the parallels. I’m horrified,” he said. “The way that we have retreated from internationalism to ugly nationalism in Britain. The way that we have retreated from international trade to protectionism. The sense that somehow or other democracy is failing. “The habit of lying in our public discourse. What was it Goebbels said? Tell it often, tell it big ... stick it on the side of a bus perhaps and drive it around the country. I’m not saying Hitler is around the corner, of … [Read more...] about Paddy Ashdown ‘horrified’ by parallels between UK and 1930s Germany
SHE was the showgirl whose colourful love life propelled her to the centre of the most famous British scandal of the 20th century - and helped bring down the government. Christine Keeler, who was at the heart of the Profumo affair, died aged 75 – and a new BBC drama is set to retell the story of sex, espionage and suicide. Here's what you need to know about her. Who was Christine Keeler? Christine Keeler was born in Uxbridge, Middlesex, in 1942 and raised in Berkshire by her mum and step-dad. She claimed in a later memoir she was sexually abused by her step-father, who she said beat her mother and drowned her puppies. She also said she aborted her own child with a knitting needle after falling pregnant to a US airman aged 17. Still only a teenager, Christine was a topless cabaret dancer in London's Soho when she met society man-about-town Stephen Ward. He introduced her to a whirlwind party scene involving what were described as orgies attended by aristocrats and VIPs. It was … [Read more...] about Who was Christine Keeler, when did she meet John Profumo at Cliveden House and what is the Arne Jacobsen chair photo?