Victoria and Albert Museum
House of Lords
Lord Avebury (Liberal Democrat)
To ask Her Majesty's Government what the intentions of the Victoria and Albert Museum are for the long-term future of their antique musical instrument collection; and, if they do not plan to exhibit the collection, whether they will offer it to another museum.
Lord Davies of Oldham (Deputy Chief Whip (House of Lords), HM Household, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Labour)
The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) closed its musical instruments gallery on
The museum has also agreed to the long-term loan of key objects from the V&A's collection of musical instruments to the Horniman Museum in London, which has a nationally designated collection of musical instruments. The V&A is also in discussions with several other institutions with significant musical collections, and expects to be making further loans.
The V&A operates at arm's length from the Government. Decisions on curatorial and operational matters such as the future of the musical instruments gallery are therefore entirely a matter for the museum's trustees and executive.