A major long-term loan to Dundee's new museum was announced today by the V&A and the National Library of Scotland.
Artist-dramatist John Byrne's giant pop-up book theatre set will be on display at the V&A Dundee from 15 September.
Part of the National Library's collections since 2009, the book will be on 25-year loan and will be housed in the new museum's Scottish Design Galleries.
The book provided the original 'scenery' for John McGrath 1973 influential play, ' The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black Black Oil', about the history of Scotland's Highlands and Islands.
Pop-up and portable
First performed by 7:84 Scotland, the play toured to halls and community centres around the country. Byrne designed the set to be transported by van and easily set up in small venues.
As the actors turn a page of the book, a different scene pop-ups, with five scenes in all. Made of strengthened cardboard, the book measures three by four metres, and over two metres tall when opened.
Last viewed at the Library during the 'Curtain up' exhibition in 2009-2010, the book has been undergoing careful conservation and restoration work.
National Librarian and Chief Executive John Scally said: 'We can't think of a more fitting place for the stage-set to be on display than V&A Dundee.'
12 June 2018