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Museums: V&A Theatre Museum

House of Lords written question – answered on 12th December 2006.

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asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is their response to the proposal by the Victoria and Albert Museum to close the Theatre Museum on 7 January 2007.

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The trustees of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) are responsible for decisions concerning the location of the performing arts collection, part of which is currently housed in the Theatre Museum in Covent Garden. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is responsible for ensuring that the V&A upholds its obligations to care for the performing arts collection and to maintain public access to it.

While it is disappointing that the site in Covent Garden will have to close and that those elements of the collection displayed at the site will no longer be in the West End, the department is confident that the V&A will ensure access to the collections is maintained, and ultimately enhanced through a new, dedicated gallery in the South Kensington Museum and through improved access at the study and storage facility in Blythe House—where the majority of the collection is currently stored. More investment will also go into digitising the collection and to touring displays which will improve access for those unable to visit London.

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