BBC to uncover more V&A secrets

The BBC’s Culture in Quarantine initiative is to go back behind the scenes of the Victoria & Albert Museum for a second Secrets of the Museum series.

A new six parter is to start airing later this winter, following the work of the curators, conservators and technicians that care for the 2.3m objects kept in the museum, ranging from Michelangelo’s wax models and Constable’s sketches, Winston Churchill’s despatch box, Vivien Leigh’s attaché case, costumes from Shirley Bassey, Slade and the National Theatre’s production of Follies to a 350-year-old doll’s house (pictured) and contemporary pieces from designers Molly Goddard and JW Anderson.

“At a time of renewed lockdown and enforced separation from our great cultural centres, we are even more delighted to invite audiences back for another behind-the-scenes look at the V&A” said the museum’s director, Tristram Hunt. “Though the museum remains closed, Secrets of the Museum continues to uncover untold stories from our dedicated teams and the fascinating objects stored within one of the nation’s best-loved museums. The V&A is very proud to be part of the BBC’s Culture in Quarantine initiative and our shared determination to share the people’s collections.” 

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