V&A Museum creating permanent Glastonbury archive

Michael and Emily Eavis have given the museum years of festival memorabilia

The V&A Museum in London is creating a permanent Glastonbury festival archive.

The Guardian reports that festival founder Michael Eavis and his daughter Emily have already given the museum an extensive collection of festival memorabilia, including programmes, posters, backstage passes, setlists, letters and photos, which were handed over in crates and boxes. “You won’t be surprised to hear they never actually got round to cataloguing anything,” commented museum curator Kate Bailey.

Bailey will also be attending this year’s festival to collect more artefacts. “There is an extraordinary explosion of creativity on the fringes, which we really want to capture,” she explained. She will also be collecting the stories of people attending the event, saying: “Without the stories of the people who go there, a ticket is just a bit of paper.”

Drector of the V&A Martin Roth, added: “The archive is interesting not only for its diversity but also for its fascinating witness to creative, social and political change in the UK.”

The first Glastonbury festival took place in 1970. This year’s event takes place from June 25-29 and will see headline sets from Arcade Fire, Metallica and Kasabian.