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Memory Bank

A Biography of Blythe House

By (author) Laura Humphreys
By (author) Kevin Percival


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  • Celebrates Blythe House, an important but little known British cultural institution, upon its closure
  • Specially commissioned photography and interviews present a behind-the-scenes portrait of this huge Edwardian building in London that housed millions of historical objects for three national museums: the Science Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the British Museum
  • The only book on Blythe House
Full Description

Blythe House in London, originally built in 1903 for the Post Office Savings Bank, has for more than 40 years been the store for three national museums, the Science Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum, holding millions of historical objects.

The collections have now been moved to purpose-built sites, and Blythe House’s closure has been marked by specially commissioned photographs of its architecture, collections and occupants, along with personal testimonies. Memory Bank takes you behind the scenes to reveal one building’s hidden history and its unique place in British cultural and social life.

About the Author

Laura Humphreys has more than over ten years’ experience in curatorship, at Royal Museums Greenwich, the Museum of the Home and the Science Museum Group, and is the author of Globalising Housework.

Kevin Percival is a photographer specialising in documentary and portraiture, who has worked for museums for eight years. Formerly at the Science Museum and the British Museum, he now works for the Victoria & Albert Museum. His last documentary monograph Tanera (Ar Dùthaich) was published in 2018.

Scala Arts & Heritage Publishers
21st Nov 2023
280 mm x 240 mm
160 Pages
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