The V&A Archive of Art and Design (AAD) holds Britain’s foremost collection of primary source material relating to art and design, particularly of the twentieth century. Established in 1978, the AAD holds over 200 archives created by individual artists, craftspeople and designers, businesses and societies involved in the manufacture and promotion of art and design.
Archive of Art and Design
Given by The Estate of Romek Marber, 2020
After Romek’s death on 30 March 2020, his letter of wishes requested that his remaining items of work and letters be gifted to the V&A Archive in addition to the material that was given in 2011. Romek’s partner Orna Frommer-Dawson collated and arranged the donation with the agreement of The Estate of Romek Marber. The work is currently uncatalogued due to the move of the AAD to its new location in the Olympic Park, East London, expected to reopen in 2022.
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V&A Archive of Art and Design
In 2011 Romek offered his graphic design archive to the Archive of Art and Design (AAD) at the V&A. The AAD collects the working papers and personal archives of UK-based artists, designers and practitioners. By preserving them intact it enables research and encourages in-depth understanding of the lives and careers of those who have worked in the applied arts and design. Romek’s archive includes specimens of all the books he designed for Penguin and Nicholson, and examples of posters, publicity and magazine content that he produced during the 1950s and 1960s. It was enthusiastically accepted on the V&A’s behalf by Christopher Marsden, Senior Archivist.
The books and other works in Romek’s archive are regularly shown to students and groups of visitors, and are available for exhibition. The archive is currently closed and is in the process of being moved to the V&A’s new Collections and Research Centre in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The material can then be viewed by members of the public in the Archive Study Room once reopened.
V&A Senior Archivist
The AAD at Blythe House, Olympia (above) in West London, is relocating to the V&A’s new Collections and Research Centre in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, East London.