British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age

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We are great admirers of British design who were sorely disappointed by this display. The exhibition lacks coherency and even a basic ability to showcase and explain the best in British design innovation. The layout is disappointing and shows a poor use of space. There is little attempt to interact with the museum visitor (who has forked out the considerable sum of £13.50) and virtually no attempt is made to explain the importance or impact of the designs on display. Sadly, this is a missed opportunity for the V&A. It felt at times that they have searched through their store room for items that could be placed on display to lure the tourists that will arrive for the Olympics. In the end, all the exhibition really shows is a lack of innovation in museum curatorship.