Dear all, I am sorry to contact you in this way, but well.. I feel the need to do something.
The Victoria and Albert Museum has taken the decision to ‘decant’ the instrument collection, so as to increase its ‘Pop Fashion’ display. The instruments will be removed and placed in permanent store, except the odd one used as pretty much a prop in other galleries. *IF* funding can be arranged, some of the instruments will be taken by the Horniman, but even so, very few will be on display, and I consider this negation of the instruments as a very sad thing, and the loss of a major resource, as an international collection is mothballed and lost.. individual instruments will be available to view by appointment, but that is not the issue…
Please, if you have a moment and share my concerns, send an email to Mark Jones c/o email@example.com to register your views.
There is also a facebook petition sking for a stay of execution whilst a new home for the instruments be found at
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