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100 years of loans: The V&A and The Bowes Museum

From April to July 2017, The V&A loaned two paintings and three prints to the Bowes Museum, County Durham for their exhibition Painting the Stage: Garrick In Action. Assistant Curator, Harriet Reed, visited the museum to find out more about our regional loans programme and the two museums’ historic relationship. A visit to the Bowes […]

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Vivien Leigh in 3D

To mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Vivien Leigh in 1967, Keith Lodwick highlights an area of Leigh’s archive previously unknown to the public: Leigh’s passion for 3D stereoscopic photography. The V&A acquired the archive of the legendary British film and theatre actress Vivien Leigh (1913-1967) in 2013. The archive includes many never-before-seen records […]

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Black Sabbath: An Alternative Counterculture

Alice Ridgway examines the imagery used by the band, Black Sabbath, and their role in defining a heavy metal subculture. The V&A Department of Theatre and Performance holds a large collection of Rock and Pop memorabilia. This assortment of posters, t-shirts, badges, concert tickets and other ephemera allows an insight into pop and sub cultures […]

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NVAP CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF RECORDING PERFORMANCE

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the founding of the National Video Archive of Performance, Jill Evans looks back at how the archive has developed. This May, we fêted Margaret Benton, former Director of the Theatre Museum in Covent Garden, for creating the National Video Archive of Performance (NVAP) and pioneering the art of […]

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Under the skin of the Spirit of Gaiety – Part 4

Head and bust of the Spirit of Gaiety during its conservation treatment

  This series of blog entries is about the scientific examination of the gold finish of the Spirit of Gaiety, the angel which once graced the dome of the Gaiety Theatre in London. Raman analysis Over the past few weeks I have been looking at the thick golden paint the covers the Spirit of Gaiety […]

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Watery Wonders: Spectacular Aquatic Entertainment – Part 2 Venice Comes to London

In this second post of the series marking the forthcoming 250th anniversary of modern circus, Curator, Cathy Haill, explores the history of aquatic pageants at Olympia Exhibition Hall, London. The biggest and most profitable single aquatic spectacle that London had ever seen opened at the Olympia Exhibition Hall on the 26th December 1891. Joseph Lyons, […]

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Recording console from The Dark Side of the Moon

The V&A are displaying the iconic Abbey Road Studio’s EMI TG12345 Mk IV Recording Console used between 1971 – 1983, a star attraction for the Pink Floyd : their mortal remains Exhibition. Amongst the recordings made on this console was their landmark album The Dark Side of the Moon. The recording console located in Studio […]

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20 May 1867. A milestone in the history of the Royal Albert Hall

On this very day 150 years ago, Queen Victoria went from Windsor Castle to South Kensington to lay the foundation stone of the Royal Albert Hall. She reported in her diary: A muggy dull day. At ½ p. 10 started for London. A little rain had been falling, the sky was heavy and the air oppressive, […]

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Photographing People and Performance: Crickmay at 80

As we mark the 80th birthday of  photographer Anthony Crickmay, Curator of Dance, Jane Pritchard, looks back at his long career. Saturday 20 May 2017 sees the 80th birthday of one of Britain’s greatest photographers, Anthony Crickmay, best known for his dance and theatre photography. There will be a display of his work opening on […]

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A Trip to Polito’s Royal Menagerie

Can you remember the first time you laid eyes on an elephant? A giraffe? A monkey? I’m sure most of us have enjoyed trips to the zoo, but it’s difficult to remember how it must have felt to see these strange animals for the first time. Today we are so accustomed to seeing all kinds of creatures from across the […]

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