Secrets Of The Museum to return to BBC Two for second series

Secrets Of The Museum will return to BBC Two for a second series.

The show, which was first shown last year, will again invite viewers behind the scenes at the world famous museum of art, design and performance, the V&A.

The series forms part of the BBC’s Culture In Quarantine initiative, bringing arts and culture into the homes of the nation under lockdown.

The BBC share: “Home to over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human ingenuity, the V&A’s collection spans fashion to photography, sculpture to ceramics, architecture to theatre and performance.

“Series two of Secrets Of The Museum will reveal more of the objects and their fascinating stories, as well as some hidden gems not on display. The series will follow the work of the curators, conservators and technicians, whose job is to preserve and care for priceless objects on behalf of us all.

“Accompanying the V&A’s specialist teams, Secrets Of The Museum will reveal the tricks of their trade: the painstaking craftsmanship and expertise involved in conserving, cleaning, loaning, acquiring and displaying some of the museum’s 2.3 million amazing objects.

“From Michelangelo’s wax models and Constable’s sketches, to Winston Churchill’s despatch box and Vivien Leigh’s attaché case, from costumes from Shirley Bassey, Slade and the National Theatre’s production of Follies, to a 350 year-old doll’s house and contemporary pieces from designers Molly Goddard and JW Anderson, the staff of the V&A handle it all.

“Every object tells a story and each programme will follow the V&A’s experts at work. Many of these objects are fragile, and most are extremely rare, presenting new conservation challenges at every turn.

“Told through the day-to-day lives of the V&A’s dedicated and world-class team, the hidden history of each object will be uncovered – from how it was made and why it matters, to the important job of the museum to keep these stories alive for future generations.”

Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A, said: “At a time of renewed lockdown and enforced separation from our great cultural centres, we are even more delighted to invite audiences back for another behind-the-scenes look at the V&A.

“Though the museum remains closed, Secrets Of The Museum continues to uncover untold stories from our dedicated teams and the fascinating objects stored within one of the nation’s best-loved museums.

“The V&A is very proud to be part of the BBC’s Culture In Quarantine initiative and our shared determination to share the people’s collections.”

You can watch episodes of the first series online here.

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