Sir Roy Strong

Some time ago, I was asked if I might be willing to interview Sir Roy Strong for the Victoria and Albert Museum’s oral history project about his time as Director, which lasted from 1 January 1974 to 1987.   Since he gave me my first job in September 1982, I agreed with enthusiasm.   So, it was that I found myself travelling on the slow train to Hereford armed with a picnic and stout tape recorder.   It was hard work, not so much for me as for Roy:  the task of remembering the évènements of the mid-1970s, the three-day week, the Heath government, the introduction of compulsory museum charges, the way he was treated by the Keepers, and the closure of the Circulation Department.

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