News: UK's first ballet museum

Tuesday 20 January 2009

The UK’s first museum devoted to ballet, The White Lodge Museum and Ballet Resource Centre at The Royal Ballet School, Richmond, will open this month.

It will be officially opened on 25 February by the School’s Vice President, Lady Sarah Chatto, who will be dedicating it to the memory of her late Mother, HRH The Princess Margaret, who was President of The Royal Ballet from 1956 until her death in 2002.

The creation of the museum, has been the focus of a £350,000 fundraising campaign and is part of more extensive redevelopments currently taking place at White Lodge. It reflects The Royal Ballet School’s commitment to giving greater access opportunities for the wider community.

The display focuses on the history of White Lodge and its development as a ballet school from 1727 onwards and the parallel development of classical ballet as an art form. The life and legacy of the Founder of the Royal Ballet , Dame Ninette de Valois, will feature prominently. Exhibits will include film, artefacts and interactive resources.


Access to the museum will be free and can be arranged in advance by calling 020 8392 8440.

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