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The Faith Eaton Project: entering the private world of a doll expert

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By Eloisa Rodrigues and Holly Tatham Here in the V&A Museum of Childhood’s archives there is a new dolls’ house world to be explored. Nearly 10 years ago the museum received an incredible and extensive archive which belonged to the doll and dolls’ house collector Faith Eaton, who dedicated her entire life to this subject. […]

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Peter Brook – the journey begins

Peter Brook in Afghanistan

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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Behind the scenes: The V&A Archives

Explore Your Archive

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

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

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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Glastonbury Festival Pack Down…

The Glastonbury Free Press

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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Glastonbury Festival Signs, Banners and Posters

Signage at Glastonbury Festival

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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Glastonbury Festival: A Patchwork of Film and Sound

The Binaural sound tent at Glastonbury Festival

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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Staging the Spectacular at Glastonbury Festival

The Spider

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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From Green Futures to Shangri-la

Green Futures at Glastonbury

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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The V&A and Glastonbury Festival – Sounds bizarre?

Hippies and their horse at the first festival

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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