Occupying over 8km of shelving, the V&A holds the archives of over 1,000 individuals and organisations relating to art, design, performance and the history of the Museum. These archives can be accessed free of charge, by appointment at Blythe House, Olympia and the V&A Museum of Childhood at Bethnal Green.
Archive of Art & Design
The Archive of Art & Design holds the personal and professional papers of British-based artists, designers, photographers and other practitioners in the applied arts. It also houses the records of businesses and associations involved in art, design, manufacturing and retail. The archive can be accessed by appointment at Blythe House, Olympia in West London.
Theatre & Performance Archives
The Theatre & Performance Archives are the national collection documenting current practice and the history of the performing arts across the UK. The collection includes archives from notable theatre companies and other organisations as well as individuals such as performers, designers, directors and private collectors. The archives can be accessed by appointment at Blythe House, Olympia in West London.
The V&A Archive houses the historical records of the V&A. These include information about the acquisition and provenance of the Museum's several million objects; its relations with major donors, collectors and lenders; its collecting policies and development; and the architectural history of the South Kensington site. The archive can be accessed by appointment at Blythe House, Olympia in West London.
Museum of Childhood Archive
The V&A Museum of Childhood at Bethnal Green, London includes a major collection of archives from toy and children's clothing manufacturers, and from individuals involved in the toy industry. It also preserves papers documenting the history of childhood, schooling and play, donated to the Museum by both researchers and private individuals.