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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

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)

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A gift in your will

You may not have thought of including a gift to a museum in your will, but the V&A is a charity and legacies form an important source of funding for our work. It is not just the great collectors and the wealthy who leave legacies to the V&A. Legacies of all sizes, large and small, make a real difference to what we can do and your support can help ensure that future generations enjoy the V&A as much as you have.


Event - London Metropolitan Archives

Fri 22 January 2016 10:30–12:30

London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) is a public archive which specialises in the history of London and holds 100km of material including maps, photographs, prints, drawings and original documents. LMA cares for and provides access to the historical archives of parishes, businesses, schools, hospitals, charities and many other organisations, as well as a large collection of visual/graphic material.

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