V&A makes five redundant as it focuses on digital

V&A makes five redundant as it focuses on digital

V&A Publishing has made five people redundant as part of a drive to have a “greater focus on digital output”.

Among the people who have left are Mark Eastment, publishing director, two editors, a production controller and a rights manager, but the museum said “all those functions will be retained in the new structure”.

The five staff members were part of V&A Publishing, which sits within the Victoria and Albert Museum’s commercial and digital development department, which operates under the trading name of V&A Enterprises Ltd.

The remaining staff from V&A Publishing will merge with the digital media team, and commissioning will be centralised into the commercial and digital development department.

The museum said it was reviewing its “publishing priorities, and looking to move towards a programme with a greater focus on digital output”.

It said it would still produce “high-quality exhibition catalogues and substantial scholarly publications”. A spokeswoman for the museum said the changes meant “it was likely that we won’t publish fewer books, but the kinds of books we publish may change over time”.

The new digital focus could be new websites, more apps and downloadable products and more, said the spokeswoman.

Among the books V&A Publishing has released recently is Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, which accompanies an exhibition at the museum.

The Victoria and Albert is not the first museum to recently look at its publishing programme and digital output.

The British Museum is in the process of restructuring its digital and publishing department, which includes British Museum Press, which has so far resulted in four redundancies.