Wednesday, February 20, 2008
The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has provided online access to audio files made for the British Galleries. All 11 files are under two minutes long and feature theatre designer Jenny Tiramani on early 17th century costume; writer and gardener Anna Pavord on the embroidery from Stoke Edith house; interior designer Daivd Milnaric on the Henrietta Street room; and poet and musician Benjamin Zephaniah on the portrait of Francis Williams. There are also talks on the rivalry between Robert Adam and Williams Chambers; on early nineteenth century opinions on the statue of the Three Graces; on the sculpture of the dog Bashaw; on the decoration of churches; designer Tim Dixon on Christopher Dresser; and the views of different generations on a cabinet by William Morris. A link to a transcript of each audio file is also provided.