Institutional Members

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Adam Matthew Ltd

Academic digital publisher, researching, commissioning and developing projects with archives around the world

Claudine Nightingale, Editor
Adam Matthew Ltd, Pelhams Court, London Road, Marlborough SN8 2AG
Tel: 01672 518 306

APGRD (Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama)

International centre for research into performances of Greek and Roman drama worldwide

Claire Kenward, Researcher and Archivist
APGRD, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, University of Oxford, 66 St Giles’, Oxford OX1 3LU
Tel: 01865 288 210

Twitter: apgrd
Facebook: apgrd


Performing arts photographic archive for all categories, current and historical, of theatre, opera, music and dance

Biddy Hayward, Director
ArenaPAL, Thompson House, 42-44 Dolben Street, London SE1 0UQ
Tel: 0207 403 8542

Twitter: arenapal
Facebook: ArenaPAL-The-Performing-Arts-Image-Library-53247538588

Arts University Bournemouth

The library holds published playscripts and books relating to theatre history and management, acting, costume, make-up, theatre design, and dance.

Antonia Leak, Subject Librarian: Acting, Dance and Make Up
Library, Arts University Bournemouth, Wallisdown, Poole, Dorset BH12 5HH
Tel: 01202 363 306

Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT)

Organisation for technicians in the theatre industry, offering membership, advice, training, codes of practice and other publications

Robin Townley, Chief Executive Officer; Jane Thornton, Archivist
ABTT, Fourth Floor, 55 Farringdon Road, London EC1M 3JB
Tel: 0207 242 9200

Twitter: theabtt

Barry Kay Archive

Costume and scenery designs (including set models) and photographic works by designer Barry Kay (1932-1985)

Michael Werner, Director & Curator
Barry Kay Archive, 17 Moorhouse Road, London W2 5DH
Tel: 0207 229 8339
Email: werner.m[at]

British Film Institute

The BFI National Archive holds film and television from the birth of cinema to today, posters, images, publicity material, scripts, letters, and other artefacts.

Nathalie Morris, Senior Curator – Special Collections
BFI, Special Collections, 21 Stephen Street, London W1T 1LN
Tel: 0207 957 4772

The British Library

Collection includes theatrical manuscripts, unique live theatre sound recordings, and videos of contemporary experimental theatre performance.

Steve Cleary, Lead Curator, Literary and Creative Recordings
British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
Tel: 0207 412 7447

Britten-Pears Foundation

The home and collections of Benjamin Britten and his partner Peter Pears: a historic house with an archive holding music, artworks, papers, books and costumes

Christopher Hilton, Head of Archive and Library
The Red House, Golf Lane, Aldeburgh IP15 5PZ
Tel: 01728 451 700

Twitter: BrittenOfficial
Facebook: BrittenOfficial

Brunskill & Loveday Limited

The archive includes searchable databases of thousands of West End and other stage shows built by Brunskill & Loveday, and of the theatres in the UK and abroad that have presented those shows.

Ted Loveday, Managing Director
Brunskill & Loveday Limited, 55-57 Bridge St, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1ES

Cameron Mackintosh Ltd & Delfont Mackintosh Theatres Ltd

Cameron Mackintosh productions since 1967 and the history of his eight West End theatres

Rosy Runciman, Archivist
Cameron Mackintosh Ltd, 1 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3RB
Tel: 0207 637 8866
Website: and

Central School of Ballet

Central is a vocational ballet school offering both higher education courses and widening participation activities. The library holds a small, specialist collection of books, journals, magazines and DVDs.

Kylie Radford, Learning Development Manager
10 Herbal Hill, Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5EG
Tel: 0207 837 6332

Twitter: csbschool
Facebook: Central-School-of-Ballet-11893374439

Colchester Mercury Theatre

Colchester Mercury Theatre is an active professional producing theatre in the Eastern Region.

Steve Mannix, Executive Director
Colchester Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gardens, Colchester, Essex CO1 1PT
Tel: 01206 577 006

Coventry University – Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE)

Our principal holding is Siobhan Davies RePlay, the digital archive of Siobhan Davies Dance, which includes a large collection of audiovisual material and is free to access online.

Professor Sarah Whatley, C-DaRE Director
Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University, ICE Building, Priory Street, Coventry CV1 5FB
Tel: 02476 158 364

Twitter: CDaRE_CU
Facebook: CentreforDanceResearch

Dialogue – The Community Performance Network

Dialogue curates an archive of materials relevant to the Community Performance field and supports practitioners to contribute original documentation about their own Community Performance practice.

Chris Blois-Brooke, Director
Tel: 07523 208 779

Twitter: PerformDialogue
Facebook: PerformDialogue

Dublin City Library and Archive

The Irish Theatre Archive has over 300 collections from actors, theatre companies, set-designers and others, mainly with a Dublin focus, including records relating to the Gate Theatre, Theatre Royal, and Gaiety Theatre, Dublin.

Ellen Murphy, Senior Archivist
Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin D2, Ireland
Tel: +353 (01) 674 4997

Twitter: dubcilib

Garrick Club

The club’s Collections and library include paintings, drawings, sculpture, engravings, photographs, rare and important books and manuscripts.

Moira Goff, Curator
Garrick Club, Collections and Library, 15 Garrick Street, London WC2E 9AY
Tel: 0207 395 4112

Glyndebourne Festival Opera

Complete historical record of both Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Glyndebourne Touring Opera since their foundation

Julia Aries, Archivist
Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Glyndebourne, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 5UU
Tel: 01273 812 321, ext 2318

Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD)

The library has 5,000 books, periodicals, programmes and artifacts related to the dance and performing arts world.

Sarah Jardine-Willoughby
ISTD, Library, 22-26 Paul Street, London EC2A 4QE
Tel: 0207 377 1577

Twitter: ISTDdance
Facebook: ISTD

Kellogg College, University of Oxford

Sam Truman, Librarian
Library, Kellogg College, University of Oxford, 60 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PN

Facebook: kellogg-college-library

King’s College London

Multi-disciplinary collections, including Archives and the Foyle Special Collections Library, support study and research in the creative arts: Music, Film Studies, Digital Humanities & Culture, Media & Creative Industries.

Teresa Elmes, Library Liaison Manager
Maughan Library, King’s College London, Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1LR
Tel: 0207 848 2424

Twitter: kingslibraries
Facebook: KingsLibraries

Kings Theatre Portsmouth

Ellen Cheshire, Project Officer; Chris Grant, Archivist
The Kings Theatre, Albert Road, Southsea, Portsmouth PO5 2QJ
Tel: 02392 852 206

Twitter: kingstheatre
Facebook: kingstheatre

Kingston University

Library holdings and archive special collections on performing arts and related subjects

Katie Giles, Archivist
Library and Learning Services, Kingston University, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE
Tel: 0208 417 7054

Lancaster University

The library’s performing arts holdings are linked to the institution’s teaching and research, which include French and German Theatre.

Helen Clish, Subject Librarian
The Library, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YH
Tel: 01524 592 544

Twitter: lancasterunilib
Facebook: LancasterUniversityLibrary

Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House Ltd (including the City Varieties Music Hall and Hyde Park Picture House)

Archives of Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House since its founding in 1876 (opened in 1878)

Rachel Lythe, Head of Learning
Leeds Grand Theatre, 46 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NZ
Tel: 0113 297 7043

London Contemporary Dance School

The library holds resources including books, CDs, DVDs and pamphlets on dance and the wider performing arts.

Tiffany Hore, Learning Resources Manager
LCDS, The Place, 16 Flaxman Terrace, London WC1H 9AT
Tel: 0207 121 1110

Facebook: lcdslibrary

Middlesex University

The Sheppard Library supports programmes in the School of Media and Performing Arts.

Kathy McGowan, Library Liaison Manager (Media & Performing Arts)
Sheppard Library, Middlesex University, Hendon Campus, The Burroughs, London NW4 4BT
Tel: 0208 411 5546

Museum of London

Large collection of theatrical costume, accessories and jewellery, from the late 18th century on, as well as performance-related printed ephemera, photographs, paintings, prints and drawings

Beatrice Behlen Senior Curator, Fashion & Decorative Arts
Museum of London, London Wall, 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN
Tel: 0207 814 5753

Twitter: MuseumofLondon
Facebook: museumoflondon

The National Archives

The National Archives is the official archive of the UK government. We also lead and support the archive sector, providing advice on collections, good practice and funding.

The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU
Website links:
Discovery (search TNA and other UK archives’ records):
Research enquiries (TNA records only):
Archives Sector Development (advice for archive services and caring for/depositing collections):

National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery, London, collects portraits of those who have made and are making British history and culture.

Joseph Ripp, Librarian
National Portrait Gallery, Heinz Archive and Library, 2 St Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE
Tel: 0207 306 0055

Twitter: NPGLondon
Facebook: nationalportraitgallery
Website: /

National Resource Centre for Dance

One of the Archives & Special Collections at University of Surrey, the NRCD contains over 60 archives and special collections focused on dance and movement, and a core reference collection.

Helen Roberts, Archives & Special Collections Manager
NRCD, Archives & Special Collections, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH
Tel: 01483 683 030

Twitter: surreylib

National Science and Media Museum

Rhiannon Jones, Collections and Exhibitions Assistant
National Science and Media Museum, Little Horton Lane, Bradford BD1 1NQ

National Theatre Archive

Administrative and technical records of the National Theatre from its inception in 1963

Erin Lee, Archivist
NT Archive, NT Studio, 83-101 The Cut, London SE1 8LL
Tel: 0207 452 5135

National University of Ireland, Galway

Collections in the James Hardiman Library include Druid Theatre, Galway Arts Festival, Thomas Kilroy, Lyric Theatre, Taibhdhearc Theatre, and Macnas.

Barry Houlihan, Archivist
Archives and Special Collections, James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway, University Road, Galway, Ireland
Tel: +353 (91) 493 353

Twitter: nuigarchives
Facebook: nuiglibrary

Northern School of Contemporary Dance

The library holds books, journals, videos, DVDs, CDs, and special collections.

Samantha King, Librarian/CDD Library Advisor & OpenAthens Administrator
Library, NSCD, 98 Chapeltown Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS7 4BH
Tel: 0113 219 3020

Twitter: nscdlibrary
Facebook: nscdlibrary

Opera Scotland

Opera Scotland is making accessible online the history of opera in Scotland, by building a record of performance history, one performance at a time. Collection includes photographs, programmes and other memorabilia.

Peter Fraser, Editor
Opera Scotland, Croft House, North Croft Dyke, Ceres, Fife KY15 5QH
Tel: 01707 273 863

Twitter: operascotland
Facebook: operascotland

Overtures – The Bunnett-Muir Musical Theatre Archive Trust

Musical theatre collection with audio recordings dating back to the nineteenth century, video recordings, sheet music, libretti, posters, programmes, books, magazines and memorabilia

Rexton Bunnett, Founder; Patrick Hayward, CEO
Overtures, 136 Avenue Road, London W3 8QG
Tel: 07502 309 493

Rambert Archive

Organisational and personal collections dating from 1890 to the present of Rambert, the national company for contemporary dance

Carly Randall, Archivist
Rambert, 99 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PP
Tel: 0208 630 0609

Twitter: rambertdance
Facebook: rambertdance

The Really Useful Theatres Group Ltd

This commercial theatre company owns and manages six West End theatres and has collections at Theatre Royal Drury Lane and London Palladium.

Mark Fox, Advertising Manager and Marketing Co-ordinator
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JF
Tel: 0207 557 7300

Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance

Collection of over 50,000 items on all aspects of the theatre and the performing arts. The library also hosts special collections and has links with the College’s research activities.

Frank Trew, College Librarian
Rose Bruford College, Lamorbey Park, Burnt Oak Lane, Sidcup, Kent DA15 9DF
Tel: 0208 308 2635

Royal Academy of Dance, incorporating The Benesh Institute

Library includes audio-visual material, programmes and notation scores. Archives and special collections relate to the RAD’s history and founders, and include photographs of British ballet, 1940-1980.

Eleanor Fitzpatrick, Archives and Records Manager
Library and Research Services, Philip Richardson Library, Royal Academy of Dance, 36 Battersea Square, London SW11 3RA
Tel: 0207 326 8010/8032

Twitter: RADLibrary

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)

James Thornton, Library Manager
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Library, 18-22 Chenies Street, London WC1E 7PA
Tel: 0207 636 7076

Twitter: rada_london
Facebook: RoyalAcademyOfDramaticArt

Royal Albert Hall Archive

Collects, preserves and makes accessible the history of the iconic Grade I listed building, organisation, and events hosted since the Hall’s opening in 1871

Liz Harper, Archive Manager
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
Tel: 0203 036 9033

Twitter: royalalberthall
Facebook: royalalberthall

The Royal Ballet School Special Collections

Anna Meadmore, Curator
The Royal Ballet School, White Lodge, Richmond Park, Richmond, Surrey TW10 5HR
Tel: 0208 392 8461

Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, University of London

The library offers a specialised collection covering all aspects of the performing arts and related disciplines, as well as performance DVDs, musical theatre CDs and scores.

Helen Davies, Head of Library Services
Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, Embassy Theatre, 62-64 Eton Avenue, London NW3 3HY
Tel: 0207 559 3934; 0207 722 8183, ext. 2234
Website:; catalogue:

Royal College of Music

Substantial special collections of archives, books, sheet music, iconography, instruments and programmes relating to music

Peter Linnitt, Librarian
Royal College of Music, Library, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BS
Tel: 0207 591 4323

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

The Whittaker Library of Performing Arts has a comprehensive collection of music, performance, film, dance and ballet items, including scripts, screenplays, books, audio-visual materials and digital resources.

Alan R. Jones, Performing Arts Librarian for Drama, Dance, Production and Screen
The Whittaker Library, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 100 Renfrew Street Glasgow G2 3DB
Tel: 0141 270 8279
Email: (specific performing arts enquiries); (general information)

Twitter: WhittakerLib
Facebook: WhittakerLibrary

Royal Holloway College, University of London

Collections include Roy Waters Collection of theatrical ephemera and the records of Gay Sweatshop, Half Moon, RedShift, and Molecule theatre companies

Harriet Costelloe, College Archivist
Archives and Special Collections, Founder’s Library, Royal Holloway College, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX
Tel: 01784 443 814

Royal Opera House Collections

Material records the history of three theatres on the site since 1732, and the performances there.

Julia Creed, Head of Collections
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD
Tel: 0207 212 9353

Royal Shakespeare Company

The Royal Shakespeare Company holds a collection of material representing more than 200 years of Shakespeare in performance.

Robyn Greenwood, Exhibitions Manager
Royal Shakespeare Company, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6BB
Tel: 01789 272 323

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

RWCMD is the National Conservatoire of Wales, and the library supports the academic and performance needs of staff and students.

Megan Wiley, Librarian
RWCMD Library, Castle Grounds, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3ER
Tel: 02920 391 330 (issue desk), 02920 391 331

Twitter: RWCMDLibrary

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Collections of Shakespeare-related material and of the Royal Shakespeare Company

Paul Taylor, Head of Collections
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, The Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford upon Avon CV37 6QW
Tel: 01789 204 016

Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham

Research library on English Renaissance literature with collections on Shakespeare in theatre and film; archives include Renaissance Theatre Company and Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Karin Brown, Shakespeare Institute Librarian
Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, Mason Croft, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6HP
Tel: 0121 414 9521

Twitter: ShakesInstLib
Website: /

Shakespeare’s Globe Library and Archives

Resources on Shakespearean drama and the Globe Theatre as a performance space

Victoria Lane, Archivist
Shakespeare’s Globe Library and Archives, 21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT
Tel: 0207 902 1581/1580

Society for Theatre Research (STR)

Founded in 1948, the STR fosters research into historical and contemporary theatre through events, publications, and funding.

Kirsty Sedgman, Membership Secretary & Treasurer
STR, c/o Theatres Trust, 22 Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0QL

Twitter: TheSTR
Facebook: SocietyforTheatreResearch

Southbank Centre

Clare Wood
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Tel: 0207 960 4352

Twitter: southbankcentre #SCArchive
Facebook: southbankcentre

Theatres Trust

Theatres Trust offers resources for researchers, works with theatres at risk, and is a statutory consultee in the planning system.

Stephanie Rolt, Records Officer
Theatres Trust, 22 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0QL
Tel: 0207 836 8591

Twitter: TheatresTrust
Facebook: TheTheatresTrust

University of Bristol Theatre Collection

This accredited museum and research centre for British theatre history and live art has an extensive reference library and a wide variety of original source material and archives.

Jo Elsworth, Director; Bex Carrington, Keeper: Live Art Archives
Vandyck Builidng, Cantocks Close, Bristol BS8 1UP
Tel: 0117 331 5086

Twitter: Friends_UoB_TC
Facebook: University-of-Bristol-Theatre-Collection-189755747751875

University of Edinburgh

Clare Button, Project Archivist: ‘Body Language: movement, dance and physical education in Scotland, 1890-1990’
Centre for Research Collections, Main Library, University of Edinburgh, George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LJ
Tel: 0131 650 4474

Twitter: EdinburghUni
Facebook: UniversityOfEdinburgh

University of Kent

The Theatre Collections focus upon Victorian and Edwardian popular performance. 20th century material is actively collected (e.g., the British Stand Up Comedy Archive). Collections include playscripts, publicity material, photographs and ephemera.

Joanna Baines, Senior Library Assistant
Special Collections & Archives, Templeman Library, University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NZ
Tel: 01227 823 127

Twitter: UniKentArchives
Website: /

University of Leeds

Archives and manuscripts of prominent theatre and dance companies, individual artistic directors and writers – chiefly connected to the region or university, with national reputations

Joanne Fitton, Head of Special Collections and Galleries
Special Collections, Brotherton Library, University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 9JT
Tel: 0113 343 5518

Twitter: UoLTreasures

The University of Manchester

The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester, 150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH
Tel: 0161 275 3764

Twitter: TheJohnRylands
Facebook: JohnRylandsLibrary

University of Reading

Performing arts holdings include a large collection of resources relating to Samuel Beckett.

Guy Baxter, University Archivist
Special Collections Service, University of Reading, Redlands Road, Reading RG1 5EX
Tel: 0118 378 8660

Twitter: unirdg_speccoll

University of Sheffield – National Fairground and Circus Archive

Collection of material covering all aspects of the culture and history of travelling fairs, circuses, and the allied entertainments from the 1800s to the present day

Arantza Barrutia-Wood, Collections Officer
Western Bank Library, University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TP
Tel: 0114 222 7260

Twitter: Fairarchives
Facebook: nfa20

University of Worcester

Roger Fairman, Research & Development Librarian
Janet Davidson, Research Cataloguer
University of Worcester, Henwick Grove, Worcester WR2 6AJ
Tel: 01905 855 000

Victoria and Albert Museum – Department of Theatre and Performance

The UK national collections of performing arts material

Ramona Riedzewski, Head of Collections Management
V&A Theatre and Performance Archive, Blythe House, 23 Blythe Road, London W14 0QX

Facebook: victoriaandalbertmuseum

Wimbledon College of Arts, University of the Arts London

The library holds specialist collections in theatre design and the history of costume.

Alice Bloom, Academic Support Librarian
The Library, Wimbledon College of Arts, Merton Hall Road, London SW19 3QA
Tel: 0207 514 9690

Twitter: WCA_Library
Facebook: artswcaLibrary