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An Amateur Archivist

Our first post of 2018 comes from Rexton S Bunnett of the Bunnet-Muir Musical Theatre Archive Trust, who explains how he became ‘hooked’ on collection development! My Collins Dictionary’s definition of an archivist is ’a person in charge of archives’.  So I’m not an amateur in the strict sense as I’m in charge of an […]

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“Oh yes it is!” and “Oh yes we do!”: pantomime collections at the University of Kent

Joanna Baines is Senior Library Assistant at the Templeman Library, University of Kent, Canterbury, and this month she gets us in the festive spirit with a focus on two new exhibitions exploring the fascinating history of pantomime. What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘pantomime’? Is it a memory of childhood winter visits […]

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The Great War Theatre Project

This month Dr Helen Brooks, Senior Lecturer in Drama at the University of Kent, explains how the Great War Theatre Project is recovering many long-forgotten plays and changing our perception of theatre entertainment during the First World War. Try to think of plays about the First World War. Perhaps Journey’s End comes to mind, or […]

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Definitely Red!

Fiona Gell, Cataloguing Assistant, tells us about her experience of cataloguing the Red Ladder Theatre Archive, held in Special Collections at the University of Leeds. In 2016 Special Collections and Red Ladder Theatre Company were announced as the winners of The Business Archives Council cataloguing grant for business archives related to the Arts. I was […]

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Mystery Item in the Archive

This month, Erin Lee, Archivist at the National Theatre (NT), introduces us to a mystery object given to the NT’s archive and how the team had some help to identify its use. Around 6 months ago, I received an email from the National Theatre’s (NT) Lighting department saying that they had found an old box […]

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Mercury Voices

Looking to the year ahead, Steve Mannix, Executive Director of Colchester’s Mercury Theatre, explains the importance of Mercury Voices for remembering and being inspired by the past. I know for many professional archivists this short piece highlights something that happens every day but for us at the Mercury it’s reminded us of why we have […]

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