In 2014, the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance became home to the Glastonbury Festival Archive. This is a growing collection of materials tracing the cultural importance of Glastonbury and safeguarding it for posterity. The V&A collaborates with the Glastonbury Festival to archive the past, collect the present and work together on ways of documenting future festivals.
The Festival presents an extraordinary opportunity for the museum to collect and capture a living performance archive and to document and trace its history and influence across 50 years. One of the biggest challenges of archiving the largest greenfield festival in the world is the scale and ephemerality. In 2019, there were over 100 stages at the Festival and the site covered 900 acres!
This year to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Festival, we are inviting festival-goers to contribute to the Glastonbury Archive by sharing their festival memories. These memories will form an important part of the collection, allowing us to map personal experiences to the rich and extensive timeline of the Festival’s history. We are interested in capturing your recollections to help us build and trace the Festival’s development, its impact and its influence.
Please send your written memories to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell us which year you attended the Festival, where your memory took place and describe your experience, the performers and its significance. From the Stone Circle to the Circus Tent, the Pyramid Stage to the Left Field, we would love to hear from you.