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New digital database to provide unprecedented access to Glastonbury Festival

Date: 18/09/2020

New digital database to provide unprecedented access to the past, present and future of Glastonbury Festival.

To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first ever Glastonbury Festival, which took place on 19 September 1970, the V&A announces a new project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), to create an online database that will provide unrivalled access to the past, present and future of Glastonbury Festival.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world-renowned Festival was unable to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year at Worthy Farm.

As the cultural and creative sector suffers one of the toughest times in recent history, this new database demonstrates the V&A and AHRC’s commitment to promoting the importance of the performing arts.

Professor Christopher Smith, Executive Chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council says: “We are delighted to announce this exciting collaboration with the V&A to bring to the widest possible audience the performance history of Glastonbury Festival, a unique social history and an invaluable archive of modern music.

"The digital database has huge potential to engage new audiences with the Festival’s fascinating development over fifty years. It will also provide an exciting resource and model for other events and institutions as they look to archive for posterity their Festival and performance events.

"This project is part of our wider commitment to working with museums, galleries, libraries and archives to find innovative new ways to bring the riches of the UK’s heritage to the world.”

Read the full story on the UKRI website.

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