News: White Lodge Museum moves into the digital age

Friday 24 July 2015 by Clare Evans

Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn, former Royal Ballet dancers.

Due to recent changes to their government funding, the Royal Ballet School will be closing the White Lodge Museum to the public for the foreseeable future. The Royal Ballet School Collections will remain accessible through the Archives Hub network and a new online timeline.

Opened in 2009, the Museum has had more than 12,500 visitors to a range of temporary exhibitions that have showcased materials both from the School’s Collections and loans from private collectors.

The Royal Ballet School Collections date from the School’s founding in 1926: material includes extensive photographic and documentary records of many celebrated alumni, as well as the personal collections of significant individuals and organisations associated with the School. These include the Founder of The Royal Ballet School and Companies, Ninette de Valois; the dance historian and collector, Arnold Haskell; the Camargo Ballet Society, whose Treasurer was the economist, John Maynard Keynes; and the great teacher, Vera Volkova, among whose students were Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev.

Despite the closure, The Royal Ballet School Collections will remain intact and will continue to be maintained according to proper archival standards, managed by the School’s Curator of Collections, Anna Meadmore.

They will also become accessible worldwide through a new online timeline, to be published later this year. The timeline will be extensively illustrated with material from the Collections, which will broaden access to both the archival Collections and historic White Lodge.

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