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V&A Archive of Art and Design

The Archive of Art and Design (AAD) was established in 1978 to house the Victoria and Albert Museum’s growing collections of archives.

It collects, conserves and makes available for research the archives of individuals, associations and companies involved in any stage of the art and design process. These include collections that have been used or built up by artists and designers in the course of their work. Particular emphasis is placed on the records of British 20th- and 21st-century design.

The Archive of Art and Design holds over 350 separate archive groups. They vary in size from a few to several thousand items and contain many different types of material, such as designs, sketches, order books, accounts, correspondence, photographs and promotional material.

In addition, some printed ephemera is collected as a record of contemporary developments in advertising, packaging and graphic design, and to complement the holdings of the Museum, for instance through High Street trawls twice a year.

All archival collections are available for access and research at the V&A Archive and Library Reading Room at Blythe House, near Kensington Olympia, London.



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