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V&A wins approval for spiral annexe

A FUTURISTIC design for an extension to the Victoria and Albert Museum, which has been variously described as a potential "icon like the Eiffel Tower or the Guggenheim in Bilbao" and a "spiral of crumpled boxes" was granted planning permission last night.

Causing a scene at the museum

Tonight, the V&A will either approve or reject Daniel Libeskind's proposal for The Spiral, a pounds 75m extension to the museum. The argument over his daring design has already polarised architectural opinion.

Futuristic V&A plan likely to be rejected

A CONTROVERSIAL design for an extension to the Victoria and Albert Museum, which has been described variously as a potential "icon like the Eiffel Tower and the Guggenheim in Bilbao" and a "spiral of crumpled boxes", appears doomed, as the project is likely to be refused planning permission.

The Critics: Exhibitions: Whatever happened to Dutch courage?

Grinling Gibbons and the Art of Carving V&A, SW7

Letter: Ceramic collection

Sir: The Tate shares your correspondents' concerns (letters, 15, 17 September) about the future of the Janet Leach Collection of ceramics, principally by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada. Leach was a powerful force in St Ives, which is why we have been delighted to show a group of his works as part of our displays at the Tate Gallery there.

Web Design; Lessons kids can teach us

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Museum boss wants 'snappy' new name for V&A

THE DIRECTOR of the Victoria and Albert Museum, one of Britain's most celebrated cultural institutions, wants to change its name because it's not "neat" or "snappy" enough.

Obituary: Jean Schofield

JEAN SCHOFIELD was a passionate advocate of education for all and a popular lecturer at the Victoria and Albert Museum for over 20 years.

Vicky and Al's Big Adventure

As the V&A finalises plans for its avant-garde new Boilerhouse extension, Jay Merrick follows its creator, Daniel Libeskind, from London to Berlin to probe the making of a modern masterpiece

Snap: canon photography gallery

A new exhibition site bursts onto the London scene, all guns blazing, on Thursday, with the opening of the Canon Photography Gallery at the V&A. The new gallery, on the ground floor of the museum, is the first dedicated space that the Victoria and Albert has had to display its 300,000- strong collection of images. These chart the history of photography, from an 1839 daguerreotype of Trafalgar Square to fashion pictures from the most recent Prada shoot. And work by a host of big names, including Cecil Beaton, Henri Cartier- Bresson, Man Ray, David Bailey, Fox Talbot and Roger Fenton is also promised. The inaugural show is an introduction to the V&A's collection entitled "Photography: an Independent Art", which has as its centrepiece The Oval Court (1986), an installation by Helen Chadwick. Got the picture? Then head for the V&A, and make it snappy.

Photography: Photo synthesis

The V&A was one of the earliest champions of photography as art and this week opens a permanent gallery devoted to its astounding, diverse collection. By Robin Muir

Media: The writing's on the wall

If you doubt the power of the poster to catch your eye or sell you something, remember these words: 'Hello Boys'. Sold? Richard Cook visits the V&A

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