V&A museum plans to revive design skills – BBC News

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Image caption The V& A will work with regional museums to spur a resurrection in craftsmanship and intend skills

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is propelling a schools is planning to crowd the gap in creating a new generation of designers.

The museum wants to revive interest in its professional areas of art and intend, in research projects that incorporates museums in Blackburn and Coventry.

The Victoria and Albert Museum will lend them some of its artefacts.

Director Tristram Hunt adds the museum has a responsibility to “promote design education for the future”.

The secondary school programme, announced DesignLab Nation, is being funded by prize money prevailed by the Victoria and Albert Museum( V& A) for being the Art Fund Museum of the Year.

The museum, which proposals itself as “From Bauhaus to Bowie”, wants to encourage interest in craftsmanship skills, particularly in industrial cities with a long heritage of intend and manufacturing.

It is responding to worries about a lack of vocational skills and training for industry.

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Image caption Tristram Hunt , now running the V& A, wants to promote intend education

The project will begin in the autumn at the V& A in London and in Blackburn and Coventry, with plans to add other cities afterwards, including Sheffield.

The intention is to cultivate the skills for regional creative industries, in partnerships between museums and schools.

Blackburn has a long tradition in textiles and Coventry has design associated with its gondola industries.

The project will coincide with the start of a brand-new intend and technology GCSE and will support the revised qualification.

Mr Hunt, the onetime Labour politician who now honcho the V& A, replied creative industries were among “the UK’s greatest national and fiscal assets”.

“By bringing together regional manufacture, museums and class, DesignLab Nation has a responsibility to ensure that the V& A delivers on our founding role, to acquaint and spur the artists, innovators, decorators and creatives of tomorrow, ” he replied.

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