We are loaning five items used by actor Richard Burton in the 1950s, including the beautiful jacket he wore in his acclaimed performance as Henry V.

Actor Richard Burton was a rising young star when, in 1951, he played the title role of Henry V in a cycle of History plays put on in Stratford to celebrate the Festival of Britain.

We are loaning the following objects to the Becoming Richard Burton exhibition at the National Museum, Cardiff, which open in November:

  • Tabard worn by Richard Burton in Henry IV, Part II
  • Costume design by Tanya Moiseiwitsch showing tabard worn by Burton as Henry V
  • Sword used by Burton in Henry V
  • Jacket worn by Burton as Henry V (pictured)
  • Costume design by Tanya Moiseiwitsch of velvet jacket worn by Burton as Henry V


Henry (Richard Burton) tries to woo Katherine (Hazel Penwarden).
Henry (Richard Burton) tries to woo Katherine (Hazel Penwarden) in Henry V (1951). The jacket Burton wears is one of the items that will be going on exhibition in Cardiff.
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Before the objects can be transported to the museum, they need to be carefully removed from safe storage in Stratford-upon-Avon, condition checked and packed for transport.

As part of condition checking we closely examine each object and take notes about its condition and any special requirements to preserve it. We check for flaking paint, loose or weak threads, loose buttons or trimmings and moth damage.

The items will be on display when the exhibition opens in November (postponed from earlier this year). It will follow the story of how Richard Jenkins, the boy from Port Talbot, became Richard Burton, the international star of stage and screen.

Find out more about the Becoming Richard Burton exhibition


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