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The Royal Ballet School Collections trace the activities of the institution from its founding in 1926 as the Academy of Choreographic Art to the present day. School records include student registers, teaching notes, school reports, prospectuses, performance records and photographs. The Collections also relate more broadly to the development of British Ballet, with substantial collections of lithographs, periodicals, programmes, press cuttings and books. Many key personal collections are of international significance: they include those of the Founder of The Royal Ballet School and Companies, Ninette de Valois (RBS/NDV); records of the Camargo Ballet Society, whose Treasurer was the economist, John Maynard Keynes (RBS/CBS); and the class notes of the great teacher, Vera Volkova, among whose students were Margot Fonteyn, Erik Bruhn and Rudolf Nureyev (RBS/VOL).
White Lodge Museum & Ballet Resource Centre opened in 2009. It is housed within White Lodge which has been the home of The Royal Ballet Lower School since 1955. Museum exhibitions interpret two parallel stories: the development of Classical ballet, with a focus on The Royal Ballet, and the history of Grade I listed White Lodge, originally a royal hunting villa. A digital Ballet Resource Centre, designed to allow a large volume of archival material to be presented electronically, is embedded within the Museum.
White Lodge Museum promotes access to and enjoyment of The Royal Ballet School Collections through a broad programme of exhibitions and events. Visitors can learn about the daily life of students at The Royal Ballet School, the history and development of Classical ballet and the fascinating story of White Lodge itself. Appointments may be booked to research collections which are not on display.
For a virtual tour of the Museum or to find further information about special opening times, exhibitions or events, please visit our website.
Museum open: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during term-time, 1.30pm – 3.30pm; for groups of 10 people or more, alternative visiting hours can be arranged. We welcome school visits which can be linked to the National Curriculum.
Admission: Free - all visits must be booked in advance, as White Lodge is a working school.
Phone: 020 8392 8440, option 7
Address: White Lodge Museum, The Royal Ballet School, White Lodge, Richmond Park TW10 5HR