CCS review

Finishing up the review from the time I last spoke of it, I went to the tutorial which was arranged. Got some good feedback on it, and it turns out that I didn’t have a lot to add, which was good for me. I thought over some of the notes, I had made on the Albert memorial during the review because tutor who I saw, stated I should pretty much try to give the Queen Victoria head some more context and try to find out if it had a design story to it.

While gathering up some more information on the web, I came across this very useful blog, that gives some more detailed information on not only Queen Victoria, but some other pieces of art from the past:


Besides this source, I found that going to the V&A website was the most useful. It gave me a brief rundown of how that bust linked into the relationship the Queen had with Prince Albert, and how much they both cared for each other. Once I obtained these links, I could feel the enthusiasm to get back into writing about the Bust and what affect it had on the public, and/or the Queen and Prince. There were so many other features on that bust, that I could see, that implied other meanings to it, other than just a ‘wreath’ or a ‘robe’; they all were placed and had meanings behind why they were like that. For example, the wreath having flowers that have just blossomed, instead of the typical wreath that has already flowers on it. In my opinion, I thought the wreath purposely had just blossomed flowers because it’s trying to depict a new beginning. A new ruling; a new leader, a new relationship?

From this experience, I found it helpful and well-rewarding because I don’t feel that panicked now about getting the results back from it. In future, I must remember to use my time more efficiently and make sure that I’m up to date with tasks.


Review introduction preview

Eventually I was able to start writing this up; I had several drafts of the introduction written in my draft posts, but I was never able to properly think over all of the end results for them, and link them in to my CCS research notes that were relative to the museum. I didn’t have a clue at first, that the history behind the museum and the facts about the great exhibition would be beneficial to this review.

Timid at first, when it came to continuing on in this piece of writing, I continued to get in to the flow of things, once I had read over and over, and over again at all of the info.

With my introduction done in the first twenty minutes, I backed up a few of my statements with references from some sources.

I found that the Victoria and Albert museum’s website was very helpful with providing information on the history, while a few other articles on other gallery websites or school education websites were able to give out just as much detail on this subject.

In all honesty though, it should have not taken me until week six to have an introduction finished. I should have had at least the first 3 paragraphs for the document complete in this time.

Despite that, I’ve learnt from this experience, that I must be able to analyse the information I have been provided (or collected) to help support my view or what I need to explain. It would’ve also been good, if I considered building up a bigger vocabulary to replace words that I’ve already used previously, to not leave the viewer of the piece of text feeling bored.



Design and National histories– CCS

The presentation for today was discussing the questions that can be posed about the role of the Victoria and Albert;  here are the notes I scrawled down quickly for that task:

  • Education or entertainment? — Is the Victoria and Albert museum there for Education or for the entertainment of people? or both? Bringing this to question, it could be both, but it all depends on how someone sees the V&A. What do they see it as? In terms of entertainment, it could be entertaining to them because of all of the modern and historical art pieces for them to see; there’s also a ton of interactive equipment for the younger generation who get easily distracted from the Art works and for those who see the museum as a way of education, that’s more aimed at those who go there to learn new things, get inspiration or who want answers for the questions they’re continuously asking. In my opinion, I see the V&A to be both; I love art in many forms. When I was a child, I loved looking at the many art pieces, which I called ‘Pictures’ or ‘Drawings’ or I would be amused and entertained by the silly dress up tasks, that the staff would set up or even the music in the background. The text beside the pieces on the panels would bore me the most. I use to loath reading. Whereas now, I find the museum to be very helpful with my education and learning new things. I was able to learn a lot from different museum visits, across Kent and London.
  • Aesthetic appreciation or imperial display? Some will visit the galleries for their love of certain work(s), or will simply go there to have a look, or take interest on what’s on display. As stated previously, some will visit the V&A for both reasons, usually, this is an assumption, which I will make, but often, people go to some galleries thanks to advertisement by Art appreciators or hosts. Others will go because they’re curious to see new things.
  • Commerce or scholarship?
  • Or all of these?

Some facts collected:

  1. The V&A was originally called the ‘South Kensington museum’, it was later changed to the Victoria and Albert museum by Queen Victoria as a last engagement and also, all of the funds collected from the Great exhibition were used towards creating the South Kensington museum.
  2. 30 colonies represented by manufactured goods and raw materials.
  3. Things from the exhibition were taken to the new museum.
  4. Imperial gifts were given to Victoria.
  5. The key thing was the Indian court at the Great Exhibition because people saw it as ‘Exotic’ and ‘Oriental’.
  6. The Great exhibition helped popularise Indian merchandise in Britain.
  7. If you wanted something from the museum, that was created by the Indian sellers or artists, you could order it from India inside the exhibition.
  8. British goods were being sold in India.

From these notes, they’ve helped understand the missing links between some of the items I photographed in the museum, so I may want to consider using a few of these notes for the reviews draft.

Viscom V&A visit

For this visit, we navigated to the Victoria and Albert Museum to pick up on themes from last week’s lecture and seminar on the importance of history in design. We took a look at several galleries containing many things, such as pottery, paintings, designs, models of buildings.

Doing this task today gave me the opportunity to look over these works, annotate and get a good idea of what I may need to review, discuss and critique in future for the review in week 8.

We broke up in to groups of 2 or 3 for that day and to consider looking at each display with in the gallery. We completed a template, which is a template base for what a review may look like. It was like a mini-review.

Introducing the gallery: We had to think about the key details, feel of the space, impressions, unique features. We have to try and mention something about the gallery/museum and why they are mounting this exhibition and who it’s for.

My notes for this section for gallery 123:

  • The space of each object has been put in to consideration.
  • One item doesn’t distract one from the other.
  • the impressions on some of the work, such as the polished furniture, or even the historical chair set made in dedication to the great exhibition event left me astounded and amazed. Each fine detail made by the artist/designer is incredible.

Describing the theme/story.

What is the topic/theme/issue represented? There may be more than one: make a list. Quote from text panels if you like. How displays explain context is very important. look closely at what information is given.

  • In gallery 123, it was more of a memory and a build up of progress that represented the start of the V&A and its history in how it was made, who was dedicated to it and how it came about.
  • Moving on to the next gallery, it was the beginning of how english culture was influenced by other cultures.

How is the theme addressed?

Features to consider: gallery labels, captions and titles; what objects are introduced and why(Make a list with detailed caption notes to draw from: dates, materials, designer are all important clues for context)?; how are displays?;what perspectives are represented or who is telling the story? what is the agenda. connect objects to the themes listed above.

(I have notes for this section.)

I may have to revisit the museum again next week to get some more photos and notes on the different topics.



Level 4 Viscomm- CCS

The importance of history in design

The basis of the entire module. Here are all of the following notes, that I’ve taken from the power point shown during the lecture on Tuesday 06th October 2015.

  1. We’ll be selecting a room at the V&A on Tuesday of the third week.
  2. Meeting at the main entrance.
  3. Check Weblearn by Friday.

The great exhibition. 1851.

    • Urbanisation
    • Mass-production.
    • Imperialism.
    • Mass consumerism
    • Regulation of taste.
    • Social improvement: Philanthropy and Paternalism.

Paul Greenhelgh

Ephemeral visitors.

Prefabrication, world fairs, mass communications, urbanization, mass production.

Industrial revolution.


Adrian Forty

Objects of desire.


  • Britain had an emerging capitalist system.
  • simple cooperation of workers, who share a workshop and buy raw materials, then sell their work collectively.
  • Different tasks of craft divided up amongst the workers with a master in charge.
  • There was an introduction of  machines.

Great Exhibition 1851 was set in Hyde Park and it was inside ‘The Crystal palace’. The Crystal palace is built of steel and glass, and the maker behind it was Joseph Paxton. The event had over 100,000 objects put on display from 34 different nations and the exhibition had just over 600,000,000 visitors from around the world. It was funded by private individuals.

Perhaps one of the individuals were Prince Albert? He was the main drive behind the exhibition, and having the event take place. It has been stated that the royal family wanted to introduce ‘good taste’ to the upper class and the working class.

What did the exhibition represent? It represented a country with an empire; it was the first ever international exhibition to be held, it represents a demonstration of the modern industrial designs and ideas of the rest of the world.

Note: 1848– There was a revolution in other countries besides Britain.

The exhibition was also about instruction and teaching people about social improvement.




*Still adding notes and will add, edit and update.