Entitled Secrets of the Museum, the six-part series – which will air in 2020 on BBC Two – will showcase the inner workings of the storied museum of the arts. “Access to make a series inside the V&A is a documentary-maker’s dream,” says Alistair Pegg, director of programmes at Blast! Films, who is currently filming the series. “We’re looking forward to bringing a side of the museum to life that visitors never get to see – from discovering some of the thousands of items kept in the stores, to revealing the expertise and dedication of staff working to preserve and protect a huge range of wonderful objects.”
From meeting the museum’s curators, conservators and technicians, each episode will introduce us to a new area of the British institution. “The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance, with one of the most inspiring and varied collections in the world that spans 5,000 years of human ingenuity,” says Tristram Hunt, director of the V&A. “It is a profound privilege to care for and bring to life the stories of these objects for the nation, and we are delighted to share our work and expertise through this exciting new series.”
From Grayson Perry’s Brexit vases, Christian Dior haute couture gowns and Charles Dickens’s original manuscripts to Kylie Minogue’s wardrobe, the museum is home to 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human ingenuity. “Our aim at the V&A is to champion creative industry, inspire the next generation and enrich everyone’s imagination,” continues Hunt. “We hope this series will inspire a new generation of designers and makers, museum-goers and day-trippers to fall in love with the V&A and its remarkable collection.” Mark your calendars.