Arts Council of Great Britain: records, 1928-1997

Series description

Series title: Hayward Gallery Material: Aborted Exhibition Files, 1965-1986
Reference: ACGB/123
Extent: 3m 10cm


The Hayward Gallery opened on the South Bank in London in 1968 and was initially operated and maintained by the Arts Council. The Council's major exhibitions were then for the most part concentrated there.

The files relating to the art exhibition section of the Arts Council were stored with the Hayward Gallery rather than with the Arts Council. In order to reflect the separate custodial history of these records and in the interests of orginal order, they have not been re-integrated into the Arts Development Division sub-group. Instead they have formed the independent "Hayward Gallery" sub-group of the Archive.

Scope and content

This series contains files relate to the Arts Council's organisation of a number of exhibitions which were aborted for one reason or another. The files contain correspondence concerning the proposals and selection of the exhibitions by Arts Council officers.

See series ACGB/121 for files relating to those exhibitions which did go ahead.

No detailed list of the material in this series is currently available.


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Restrictions on access

Because this series is uncatalogued, access is restricted under section 22 (information intended for future publication) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. For more information, please write by e-mail to or by post to Victoria and Albert Museum Archives (ref. ACGB), Blythe House, 23 Blythe Road, London W14 0QX.