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Keith's Contract, Taney; Roshier; Arthur; Frost, 1874

Keith's Contract, Taney; Roshier; Arthur; Frost, 1874

Archives held in the Theatre and Performance collections

The V&A Theatre and Performance collections include many archives from performing arts companies and other organisations, as well as from individuals such as performers, stage designers and private collectors.

The archives reflect the subject areas of theatre and performance as a whole. Particular strengths are the archives of key theatres, theatre and dance companies, 20th century stage designers, actors and directors, photographers and government bodies such as the Arts Council.

Typically, they may contain a wide range of materials such as diaries, letters, manuscripts, photographs, ephemera, business papers, newspaper cuttings, and designs or sketches.

Accessing the archives in person

The V&A Theatre and Performance Collections archives can be accessed in the reading room at Blythe House in Kensington Olympia. You will need to make an appointment by contacting TMenquiries@vam.ac.uk

Discovering theatre and performance archives

All the archives are catalogued at the broadest level on the National Art Library online library catalogue.

The following theatre and performance archive catalogues are available online:

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Russian Avant-Garde Theatre: War, Revolution & Design (Paperback)

Russian Avant-Garde Theatre: War, Revolution & Design (Paperback)

The two decades between 1913 and 1933 saw an unprecedented boom in Russian theatre culture, ignited by the avant-garde movement sweeping through the a…

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Private Group Tours & Talks

We offer a wide range of tours to meet your group requirements. Whether a group has a special area of interest, wishes to explore a particular gallery or just get an overview of the Museum's collection the Groups Team can help.

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Event - Open House London 2015: Tales from the V&A’s Archives at Blythe House

Sat 19 September 2015 10:00–16:00

FREE TALK: Drop in to Blythe House and discover highlights from the V&A’s extensive archives including Eduardo Paolozzi’s Krazy Kat Arkive and controversial moments in the V&A’s history such as the suffragette plots and Saatchi & Saatchi’s ‘Ace Caff’ advertising campaign.

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