On Tour: Recording Britain

Recording Britain, curated by V&A Senior Curator Gill Saunders, opened recently at The Higgins Bedford. Next stop on its UK tour will be the Millenium Gallery in Sheffield, opening on 2 April.

Recording Britain, newly installed at The Higgins Bedford

What is Recording Britain?

The Recording Britain collection, held by the V&A, is the result of a unique documentary project initiated by Sir Kenneth Clark and funded by the Pilgrim Trust at the start of the Second World War. More than 90 artists – young and old, men and women, renowned professionals and gifted amateurs – were commissioned to make ‘sympathetic records’ of vulnerable buildings, landscapes and lifestyles.

Compiled as the country faced not only the potentially devastating impact of bombardment and invasion, but also the more insidious but equally damaging effects of ‘progress’ and development, the Recording Britain collection of drawings and watercolours has survived as a remarkable visual record of lives and landscapes under threat.

Where next?

Millennium Gallery, Sheffield | 2 April – 2 November 2014
The Herbert Gallery & Museum, Coventry | 30 January – 26 April 2015
The Atkinson, Southport | 9 May – 9 August 2015

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