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WESTMINSTER REFERENCE LIBRARY: A PROFUSION OF PERFORMING ARTS RESOURCES

This month’s blog comes from Isaak Lewis-Smith, who describes the plethora of performing arts resources available to access for free remotely and in the heart of London courtesy of APAC member, Westminster Reference Library. It is 6pm on a chilly Thursday evening, and I am at a loose end. I have just finished my day at Westminster […]

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Exploring the Value of Programme Collections at the Britten-Pears Foundation

Our first blog for 2019 is inspired by the recent discussions around programme collections on the APAC jiscmail list (www.jiscmail.ac.uk/apac). Dr. Christopher Hilton, Head of Archive and Library, at the Britten-Pears Foundation, explains how programmes, either individually or as a collection, can inform research in a variety of ways. The Britten-Pears Foundation is based at […]

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Mikron Theatre Company Archive

For our December blog we consider theatre with a difference and learn how the archives of a small professional performance company can offer wide ranging research potential, not only in relation to the operational history of the company itself but also in the social history themes and issues that have been the subject of the […]

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The Contribution of the Popular Entertainment Sector to the First World War

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the National Fairground and Circus Archive, at the University of Sheffield, have mounted an exhibition on the role of popular entertainment during the Great War. Arantza Barrutia, Collections Manager, tells us more in this month’s blog… In 1914 escalating political tensions and power […]

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Teamwork at the Kings Theatre Archives

This month we put volunteers in the spotlight as Christopher Grant, volunteer archivist, explains how the dedication and achievements of the Kings Theatre archive team were recognised in the recent ‘Portsmouth Inspiring Volunteer Awards, 2018’. Back in 2010 many unsorted boxes of paperwork concerning the Kings Theatre in Southsea were moved from a small room […]

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Rambert Performance Database

This month we hear from Chris Jones, the Rambert Archive’s project manager, who shares with us an overview of the dance company’s new online database recording 92 years of performance history. Launched on 15 June 2018, the Rambert Performance Database provides access to nine decades of performance history, drawing together a wealth of information about […]

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200 Years of The Old Vic in London

May 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of The Old Vic in London. The National Theatre and University of Bristol Theatre Collection are both marking this anniversary with exhibitions. Erin Lee – Head of Archives at the National Theatre, and Jill Sullivan – Archives Assistant at the University of Bristol Theatre Collection tell us more. The […]

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The Perception and Reception of Early Dance

Sharon Butler is Secretary for the Early Dance Circle (EDC) and in this month’s blog she shares with us some thoughts on the ‘Perception and Reception of Early Dance’ – the topic of the EDC Biennial Conference taking place from 18-20 May 2018 at St Katherine’s, Parmoor, Frieth, RG9 6NN (near High Wycombe). The National […]

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THE CINEMA YEARS – TYNE THEATRE AND OPERA HOUSE, NEWCASTLE

Last December the APAC Newsletter included an article by Alan Butland, Trustee of the Tyne Theatre and Opera House Preservation Trust, about the three day film festival organised as part of the Theatre’s 150th anniversary celebrations. This month’s blog expands on that article and describes the challenge researchers’ face when archives become “distributed”.   Clear-outs […]

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250th Anniversary of the Birth of Circus

For our final blog post of 2017 Arantza Barrutia-Wood, Collections Manager at the National Fairground and Circus Archive (NFCA), looks forward to 2018 and marking the 250th anniversary of the birth of modern circus in England as developed by Philip Astley in 1768. Philip Astley, was a Sergeant Major of the 15th Light Dragoons, who […]

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