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Peter Brook in Afghanistan

Peter Brook – the journey begins

In November 2014, I began to catalogue the Peter Brook Collection. The collection is part of the V&A Theatre and Performance archives and will be stored at Blythe House alongside many of Brook’s friends and collaborators including Paul Scofield, Vivien Leigh, Christopher Fry and Sally Jacobs. Unlike many archives which have come to us in […]

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Explore Your Archive

Behind the scenes: The V&A Archives

Monday 17 November (2.00 pm) Blythe House, 23 Blythe Road, London W14 0QX The Victoria and Albert Museum invites you to discover some of the amazing stories hidden within its extensive archives as part of the Explore Your Archive campaign Archives across the UK and Ireland are taking part to raise awareness of the value of […]

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Pattern for a Chesterfield coat, ca.1911 - ca.1928. Archive of Art and Design, AAD/2008/10/1/5/3. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

WW1 Era Clothing: Archive of Art and Design Resources for Re-enactors and Costumers

The centenary of the beginning of World War One this year has inspired re-enactors and costumers to take up their needles and explore the clothing of the period. I’d have been tempted to join in myself if I wasn’t suffering from sewing fatigue from my last project, a 1760s Rococo sacque back gown, which was […]

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The Glastonbury Free Press

Glastonbury Festival Pack Down…

The happy revellers have left another great Glastonbury Festival and the pack down – theatre’s biggest ‘get out!’ – is over. Extremely organised site and production management oversee the de-install of the pop-up festival and the landscape re-emerges, ready for the return of the dairy cows. The pack down is an exciting time for the museum curators […]

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Signage at Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury Festival Signs, Banners and Posters

The Glastonbury Festival pay close attention to the small details in everything as well as masterminding the big picture. This can be seen in the careful, thoughtful presentation of words and graphics. The festival is rich in text and they enrich its character and connectivity with the audiences. Words to show you the way, make […]

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The Binaural sound tent at Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury Festival: A Patchwork of Film and Sound

How do you capture and preserve the essence of a festival which spans 900 acres with thousands of performers, entertaining audiences of over 120,000 on site, watched on TV by millions? The V&A has been documenting and collecting stories and imagery from this year’s festival which will become part of the Glastonbury archive and will […]

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The Spider

Staging the Spectacular at Glastonbury Festival

As the sun set over Worthy Farm thunderstorms filled the skies and provided a dramatic backcloth to the Glastonbury stage. With nightfall the festival became a playground of light, movement and sound where following the Glastonbury tribes was a rich, powerful, synaesthetic experience. We encountered performances that were epic and spectacular and some that were […]

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Green Futures at Glastonbury

From Green Futures to Shangri-la

Putting up your tent in the rain at Glasto feels like a festival rite of passage, a great induction test to archiving one of the greatest cultural phenomena of our time. A huge amount of respect and admiration goes to all the talented, creative and organised teams of people who make the whole festival possible. […]

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Hippies and their horse at the first festival

The V&A and Glastonbury Festival – Sounds bizarre?

If you search the V&A’s collections for ‘Glastonbury’ you get an earthenware bowl, a woollen coat, a pair of chairs by the great 19th-century designer Pugin and some atmospheric photographs of the ruined Abbey. No famous musicians, no maps of stages and loos, no protest posters, no wellies, no mud. All that is about to […]

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Meet Tony Cordy – Founder of the Kidzfield at Glastonbury Festival

This year marks the first time the V&A packs its tent and sets off excitedly to Glastonbury to experience the sights, smells and sounds of the world’s largest greenfield festival. But in amongst the excitement there is also a more serious element to the V&A’s involvement at this year’s festival. The V&A is collaborating with […]

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