Diane Bilbey Biography

'Britain Can Make It', colour lithograph poster advertising the exhibition organised by the Council of Industrial Design, held at the Victoria and Albert Museum, 24 September – 31 October 1946, designed by Ashley Havinden, Great Britain, 1946, CIRC.459-1971. Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

'Britain Can Make It', colour lithograph poster advertising the exhibition organised by the Council of Industrial  Design, held at the Victoria and Albert Museum, 24 September – 31 October 1946, designed by Ashley Havinden, Great Britain, 1946, CIRC.459-1971. Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Name: Diane Bilbey

Role: Visiting Scholar (not funded)

Research interests

I worked at the V&A from 1991 until 2007 in the Sculpture Department and during this period published on British sculpture and the V&A Cast Collection.

I subsequently undertook a three-month contract at the New Art Centre, Roche Court, a sculpture park and gallery specialising in sculpture from the mid-twentieth century.

Most recently I worked as Collections Officer in the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading, a role that also involved acting as Curator of the Centre for Ephemera Studies.

During my three and half years at Reading University I developed my personal interest in twentieth century British art and design, which led to my submitting a proposal on Britain Can Make It to V&A Publishing in 2012.

Books and exhibition catalogues

‘The Question of Casts: Collecting and later Reassessment of the Cast collections at South Kensington’ with Marjorie Trusted, in R. Frederiksen, E. Marchand, eds., Plaster Casts. Making, Collecting and Displaying from Classical Antiquity to the Present, Berlin/New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2010.

British Sculpture 1470 to 2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum, with Marjorie Trusted, London: V&A Publications, 2002.

‘Plaster models, plaster casts, electrotypes and fictile ivories’ with Ruth Cribb, in Marjorie Trusted ed., The Making of Sculpture. The materials and techniques of European sculpture, Marjorie Trusted, ed., London: V&A Publications, 2007.

Chapters relating to plaster casts in A Grand Design. The Art of the Victoria & Albert Museum, Malcolm Baker and Brenda Richardson, eds., New York/Baltimore: Harry N. Abrams, 1997.

‘The Cast Courts at the V&A’ chapter in European Sculpture at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Paul Williamson, ed., London: V&A Publications, 1996.

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