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Archive

Author: Nicholas Smith (Archivist)
With the London Handel Festival due to start in early March I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite documents in the V&A Archive to get us (well, me!) in the mood: a set of ink drawings of historical musical instruments by the architect and art historian Matthew Digby Wyatt (1820-1877).Henry Cole (1808-1882), the V&A’s first director, was a keen Handelian (fan of the...
Author: Nicholas Smith (Archivist)
As I was leafing through an early volume of the V&A Archive’s collection of Photographic Guardbooks the eclectic parade of historical treasures passing before me was suddenly interrupted by a seemingly incongruous gallery of Royal Engineers testing collapsible pontoons in the Museum grounds!What possible reason could there be for pasting these photographs into the Guardbooks, I wondered...