Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s greatest museum of art and design

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10.00 to 22.00 Fridays

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Author: Nicholas Smith (Archivist)
Did you know that Henry Cole (1808-1882), the V&A’s first director, started his professional career as an archivist – ‘sub-commissioner’ was his actual job title – in the Records Commission (the forerunner of the National Archives)? Here he undertook the important archival work of calendaring, indexing, sorting, transcribing, and preserving records; and when the...

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