Margot Fonteyn scrapbook opened to page documenting her sensational debut in "The Sleeping Beauty"

Margot Fonteyn scrapbook opened to pages documenting her sensational debut in "The Sleeping Beauty"

Playing catch-up here as usual, amidst the by-now ceaseless barrage of dire economic reports, comes some happier news of a performing arts organization actually opening a new museum — one which spotlights its archival holdings and artifacts.  In a recent article in the Guardian, Maev Kennedy visits the just-opened museum at White Lodge, the home of the Royal Ballet School.

Among those documents and objects currently on display in its galleries are costumes, journals, letters (including those of — we could use him now — economist John Maynard Keynes, better known in these circles as the  husband of Lydia Lopokova), Darcey Bussell’s school reports, and scrapbooks compiled by Margot Fonteyn.  To view the full slideshow, go here.

Congratulations to curator, Anna Meadmore, and all involved in this exciting endeavor.  Let’s all book a restorative visit as soon as possible!

Image credit: Photograph by Sarah Lee/Guardian

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