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Peter Brook from Archive to Action: Sedgehill Hub

Rehearsal plans for Brook's production of Oedipus (1968) © Peter Brook/Victoria and Albert Museum, London

This is a guest post by Grace Khoo. Grace  is currently pursuing her Masters in Applied Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She has previously worked as a performer, puppeteer, production assistant and facilitator.  She graduated from the National University of Singapore’s Theatre Studies program. Grace is observing the work of Gemma […]

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Peter Brook from Archive to Action: Chiswick School Hub

V&A Blythe House Storage Facility © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

This is a guest blog post by Danielle McIlven. Danielle is an experienced Community and Youth Theatre Director working in the UK and Internationally. She is the Director for the Chiswick Hub of the Peter Brook Schools Project, which is comprised of Chiswick School, Watermans and Gunnersbury Park Museum. The scope of this project is […]

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Peter Brook from Archive to Action: Schools’ Outreach Project

A Midsummer Night’s Dream rehearsal. Photo by Douglas H Jeffery © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The ‘Peter Brook Archive to Action’ Schools’ project, generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, formally began this term on the 2nd October when the 18 project partners were all invited to the V&A for a Twilight session. We were delighted to see so many teachers, museum educators and theatre practitioners attend, each of whom […]

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V&A’s sixteen ceramic poppies now on display

Sixteen ceramic poppies from ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’

Sixteen ceramic poppies acquired by the Museum for its permanent collections are now on display in Room 103. These come from the poignant, dramatic and phenomenally crowd-drawing installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, sited in the dry moat of the Tower of London between 5th August and 11th November 2014. Commemorating the centenary […]

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Discovering legacies at the V&A: Michael Diamond

S.2080-1995

Poster for The Great World of London at The Standard Theatre, Bishopsgate & Shoreditch, London, Easter Monday, April 3rd, 1899; produced by The Meliville Brothers; 
printed by David Allen & Sons; 
English (London), April 1899.

Over the summer, I had the great pleasure of meeting Michael Diamond and being shown his wonderful and unique collection of Victorian and Edwardian theatre posters – I come across bright and colourful melodrama spectacles from Sherlock Holmes to the femme fatale, and soon enough, find myself wishing I could go and see these shows that […]

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Volunteers get hands-on

Volunteeers cleaning scrapbooks

As Cataloguer on the Peter Brook project, I’ve been responsible not only for cataloguing the Peter Brook Collection but also helping to, recruit, train and co-ordinate two teams of volunteers. The collection was purchased with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and a private donor and a key part of our application to […]

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Peter Brook Collection: Schools’ Outreach Project

Written by a cast member of Lord of the Flies

In September 2014, the V&A acquired the Peter Brook Collection. Peter Brook is one of Britain’s greatest living directors and over the course of his career has produced ground-breaking plays, films and operas. Thanks to funding from the HLF and a private donor, the museum is rehousing and cataloguing the materials in the collection to […]

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The Private Life of Gabrielle Enthoven

Enthoven as a young woman.

In February 1931, the sculptor Una Troubridge wrote an entry in her diary about a dinner party she had hosted that evening with her partner, the novelist Radclyffe Hall. Hall had been embroiled in controversy and notorious legal battles over her banned 1928 lesbian novel, ‘The Well of Loneliness’. Over drinks and dinner, Troubridge records that the […]

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Band Aid Trust Collection – a new Theatre and Performance acquisition

Items from the collection, l-r: gold disc, commemorative lp, contact sheet, AAA pass & grain sack

I remember bobbing heads, more heads than I’d ever seen in one place.  I remember a man on stage; an angry man.  He had a lot of hair and was shouting at the heads.  They didn’t look scared…they looked like they were having a good time. This is how I recall the experience of watching the London […]

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Structuring the Peter Brook Collection archive tree

This diagram shows how the different archive levels fit together to form the tree.

Deciding how to structure archives can be quite a challenge. Unlike library and museum cataloguing which deals with individual items, archive cataloguing look at multiple items in relation to each other. It has different levels and they are arranged from general to specific. The lower levels relate to upper levels like a family tree. The […]

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