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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

V&A acquires Wilton’s Music Hall archive

1:34, 3rd November 2017

The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) has acquired the archive of Wilton’s Music Hall.

The archive features an array of material, including an 1871 sketch of the interior, a poster from the campaign to save the building from destruction, and handmade tickets constructed from old beer boxes.

The Wilton’s Music Hall archive joins the V&A’s National Collection of Performing Arts, where it will be reunited with other documents already held in the Museum’s collections, including the venue’s first photographic survey, as well as some of its earliest depictions in early video and images.

The V&A will continue to work with Wilton’s Music Hall to capture performance at the venue by recording productions for the National Video Archive of Performance. This archive will also join the V&A’s expansive archive collections.

The V&A will make the full archive available for research once cataloguing has been completed. Digital records will also be available on Search the Collections, the Museum’s online searchable database.


Wilton’s is the world’s oldest surviving grand Victorian music hall, dating from 1871 to the present day. The Grade II Star listed building recently completed a four year restoration project, and now presents a year-round programme of live events alongside learning and participation work.

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