The Learning Academy programme offers adult visitors unique access to V&A collections and expertise. Whether you want to study the history of Art, Design and performance, learn a new creative skill or build a career in the museum sector, there is a flexible part-time experience designed to bring your passion to life.
The V & A Learning Academy have over 30 years’ experience of delivering high-quality learning programmes for adults. The wide range of activities are aimed at many different levels of expertise and areas of interest and deliver lively and engaging sessions drawing on the specialist knowledge of the staff, practitioners and historians and from the museum's incredible collections and exhibitions.
The Autumn Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair
3-8 October 2017, Battersea Park, London
The Decorative Fair Sails in with Some Nautical Inspiration, Presenting The Admiral’s Eyrie as the Autumn Foyer Display.
The Foyer Display at the Autumn Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, takes a nautical tack, presenting The Admiral’s Eyrie, a gentleman’s study-come-sitting room with a twist of sea-farer’s folly. Formal antique furniture will mix with modern accent pieces, whilst accessories will encompass marine instruments, pictures and works of art, and 20th century ‘boy’s toys’ such as WWII naval binoculars, lighthouse lamps and model boats.
The Autumn Decorative Fair is a high point of the Design Season for interior decorators. With more than 160 exhibitors taking part, all specialist dealers in antique and 20th century design from Britain and Europe, the selection of stock is unrivalled.
6th to 8th October 2017 , ExCel, London
The Brandenburg Choral Festival Autumn series takes place around central London from the 2nd September to the 25th November. There are a variety of events covering different musical styles. Please visit their website www.brandenburg.org.uk/festival. for the full programme.
Here is a selection of events from their autumn series:
Sunday, 17th September, An early afternoon concert at the Grange Wellington Hotel, Westminster 5.30pm. The Cantabrigians, a fabulous female vocal ensemble from Cambridge, will delight us with a programme of a cappella vocal music through the ages, from medieval plainsong, through Renaissance polyphony, via Mendelssohn, Refer, Poulenc and Holst up to melodious twentieth-century composers, Andrew Downes and Hilary Tann. The full concert programme is on our website.
Thursday, 14th October, Handel Messiah with the Brandenburg Brass Band at St Stephen’s in Gloucester Road. Handel’s much-loved Messiah as you’ve probably never heard it before - with brass band accompaniment! St Stephen’s Gloucester Road. SW7, 8pm,
Saturday, 21st October, 7.30pm The beautiful Dvorak Mass in D, Mozart Ave Verum Corpus and Judith Weir, I love all beauteous things at Holy Trinity Church in Knightsbridge, Addison Oratorio Choir.
Tuesday 24th October, 2pm An Afternoon of romantic a cappella works, Tippet Spirituals from A Child of Our Time. An afternoon of romantic a cappella works, The Vale of Clwyd Singers, The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy
Friday 10th November, Mozart Requiem performed by the Brandenburg Festival Chorus at St Sepulchre without Newgate, the National Musicians’ Church, in Holborn
Thursday 23rd November at 9.30pm, St Katharine Cree, Leadenhall St, EC3A 3BP Jazz in the Crypt , James Pearson, Ronnie Scott’s Artistic Director and legendary jazz pianist.
Or you can enjoy something completely different at one of our fringe events. The fringe events are held in quirky little venues in Central London where for £10 you can grab a drink and can hear multiple acts performing anything from pop to Madrigals, folk to musical theatre, jazz to barbershop. There is even a concert in a bank which is free!
The London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair (LARTA) returns to Battersea, 23-28 January 2018
LARTA offers an exotic cornucopia of the finest oriental rugs and tribal textiles such as suzanis and ikats, luxurious monotone berbers and colourful flatweave dhurries; European carpets from French Aubusson to Swedish rya; fabulous Brussels tapestries; fibre art and weavings from around the world including Asia, Africa and the Americas, and associated collectable and decorative items.
Sixteen specialist dealers, leading experts in their varied fields, come together at LARTA to present this annual celebration of colour and design in antique rug and textile art, and the choice displayed under one roof cannot be bettered.
Established since 2011, the Fair is a focal point for decorators, collectors and international buyers. Traditional rugs for sale originate from Persia, India, China, Central Asia, Anatolia and the Caucasus, and period works date to the early 20th century, ranging in price from around £500 to over £25,000. An exclusive selection of contemporary hand-made art rugs is also available from exhibitors such as designer Gideon Hatch, and the world-famous Liberty Oriental Rugs, which last year launched at LARTA a fabulous range of floral silk rugs to great acclaim in the design world.
Designers such as Rose Uniacke, Nina Campbell and Chelsea Textiles find LARTA an invaluable buying resource for client projects and archive research, and collectors come from as far afield as America and Switzerland.
With its mid-winter timing and exciting, souk-like atmosphere, it is hard to visit LARTA without wishing to take home a luxurious rug or textile to bring texture, colour and pattern to an interior.
Lorraine Hitching is a teddy bear historian who write books and magazine articles.
She is researching a book called Teddy Bears At War and was wondering whether any of our members or anyone else may have a story that could be added to this collection.
She is looking for stories such as teddy bears with a war connection, teddy bear mascots and indeed even teddy bears who were very special companions during the war years. Absolutely any stories or information would be greatly appreciated.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will pass on your email to Lorraine.