Rescued in a London Attic: 80 000 glass negatives from the Lafayette archive

In tangent with this project’s endeavour to salvage vestiges of the past, I am reminded of numerous articles revealing the dark side of museum ethics. Recalling the incident of how the V&A admittedly dumped archival material using “a secure data disposal service”, which was denied by a spokesman that the decision “was a mistake”, explaining that in removing the picture archive in 2007 to make way for new gallery space. The Tate Britain is no stranger to questionable ‘de-acquisition’ practices. Brian Allen, director of []