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Secrets of the Museum

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  • Series 2
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Inside every museum is a hidden world, and now cameras have been allowed back behind the scenes at the world-famous Victoria and Albert Museum in London. And although many of us have had to stay away over the last year, in the V&A’s workshops and storerooms, the work has continued to conserve some of the two million wonders in the museum’s collection.

Only a small part of the museum’s collection is ever on display. But in this series, we go behind closed doors to explore all the treasures of art, design and performance the museum has to offer. We follow experts and conservators at work in this treasure trove of the nation’s favourite objects, as they breathe new life into fragile marvels, uncover hidden stories, and work tirelessly to keep the past alive for all of us.

Behind the scenes at the Victoria and Albert museum is a hidden world. This six-part BBC Two series goes behind closed doors to follow the V&A’s experts, as they conserve and care for more than two million treasured objects.

Only a small part of the collection of this world-famous institution is on display to the public. But in Secrets of the Museum, we venture into the stores, to explore all the treasures of art, design and performance the museum has to offer.

The series follows curators and conservators at work, as they breathe new life into fragile marvels, uncover hidden stories, and battle to keep the past alive.

From Pumpie the Edwardian toy elephant, to Kylie Minogue’s dressing room, to the flags of Extinction Rebellion, the V&A is home to them all, and in this series we discover what it takes to preserve them, display them, and bring them to life – on behalf of all of us.