Tag: theatre and performance

Back to the blog front page

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 […]

Keep reading

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 […]

Keep reading

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 […]

Keep reading

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 […]

Keep reading

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 […]

Keep reading

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 […]

Keep reading

Peter Brook – life and work in pictures 1930s-1970s

CIS:S.889-2009

21 March is Peter Brook’s 90th birthday. To celebrate we’re posting pictures from the Theatre & Performance collections documenting his life and work. Part 1 goes from his childhood until the end of the 1970s. 1. 1930s   This 19th century toy theatre print is from a popular play, The Miller and His Men which finished with […]

Keep reading

Cast a clout and get your umbrella out

image 1 800w

It’s spring time! The sun is out, ‘clouts’ are being cast left right and centre*, and everyone is looking a little bit happier. What better time then, to talk about umbrellas? After all, the aforementioned sun is still fighting those fluffy limelight-stealing clouds for our attentions and the ‘threat’ of rain is a spring time […]

Keep reading

Blue birds and BSL

Pop up Performance, Family Art Fun © Victoria and Albert Museum

Do you want to learn the secrets of the Willow Pattern, be transported into a magical fairy-tale world or dress up and dance like 80’s pop star Adam Ant? This winter and spring we have a number of British Sign Language Interpreted (BSL) interactive performances for families as part of our regular Saturday’s Pop up […]

Keep reading

What Does it Take to Work in a Museum?

galleries

Training week for Second Year Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) students [Note: The V&A and a number of other cultural organisations co-supervise several cohorts of CDP students. CDP students are a category of AHRC-funded PhD students, who work closely with both a university and a cultural organisation and are supervised by both.] For four days in […]

Keep reading