About Blythe HouseGateway at Blythe House. Photograph by Julian Abrams
Blythe House was originally built as the headquarters of the Post Office Savings Bank. A Government-owned bank, it was set up to provide a mechanism of generating public investment and as a way for the ordinary person to save money. It was at one point home to 7,000 clerks, who worked in gender-separated areas to process savings transactions. It is now shared by the Science Museum, British Museum and V&A to store their reserve collections. It also houses the V&A’s Archive of Art and Design, Theatre and Performance Archive and the Museum’s own archives.