Over the Christmas break, if you live close to London, try and escape the family madness and grab a bit of culture in the form of a visit to the new V&A Medieval and Renaissance galleries, which are fab. When you look at the amazing use of space and thoughtful, beautifully positioned displays you realise just how far museums have come over the last thirty years. Gone is the musty dusty image of cluttered galleries and dark dull rooms, replaced by light filled lofty spaces you really wouldn't mind living in. And that's before you get to the displays.
Apparently the V&A has had all this Medieval work for ever, either in storage or squashed in an inappropriately small room, now it has a chance to shine. We loved the small stuff like the painted glass Edenhall Luck cup (below) which was claimed, by some Medieval marketeer, to be made by fairies and the Michealangelo wax model which was so tiny we'd have walked by it if we weren't looking for it.. We also were taken with these socks, knitted somewhere about 300-500 AD, which have retained their colour and have NO MOTH HOLES...we need to know how the V&A achieved this feat (no pun intended, that just came out...).
We thought our knitting readers would appreciate the tiny neat stitches...strange shape eh? They would have been worn with sandals according to the blurb. Can't see it catching on.
The V&A is open (after closing for Christmas) on the 27th December 10.00am to 5.45pm.
The Eadenhall luck cup, made by fairies, apparently