Founded in 1979 as the Theatre Information Group London, APAC became the UK’s Subject Specialist Network for performing arts in 2005. It has received Subject Specialist Network funding from Arts Council England and from the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. In 2018, APAC became a registered charity and an Affiliate Group of the Archives & Records Association of the UK and Ireland (ARA)

All members of APAC are expected to abide by the Code of Conduct, agreed at the 2020 AGM.

Download the Constitution of the Association of Performing Arts Collections

Executive Committee

APAC is run by an Executive Committee elected at the Annual General Meeting. The committee consists of the Chair, Secretary, Membership Secretary, Treasurer, Website Officer, and Officer Without Portfolio. Each named office may be shared by two members; there may be a number of Officers Without Portfolio. All Executive Committee officers are also trustees of APAC.

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Officers for 2020/21

Chair: Erin Lee

Erin is Head of Archive at the National Theatre and a trustee of the National Jazz Archive. She is also a PhD candidate at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Secretary: Stephanie Rolt

Stephanie is an Archivist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Membership Secretary: Gillian Boll

Gillian is Archivist (maternity cover) at Amnesty International, International Secretariat.

Treasurer: Patricia Underwood

Patricia is an Archivist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Co-Website Officer: Jane Gallagher

Jane is Digital Engagement Manager (Special Collections), University of Manchester.

Co-Website Officer: Clare Wood

Clare is Archivist at the Southbank Centre, London and an Honorary Teaching Fellow at the Centre for Archives and Information Studies, University of Dundee.

Officer Without Portfolio: Liz Harper

Liz is Archive Manager of the Royal Albert Hall and manages APAC’s social media feeds.

Officer Without Portfolio: Biddy Hayward

Biddy runs the ArenaPAL Performing Arts Image Library.

Officer Without Portfolio: Victoria Lane

Victoria is Library and Archive Manager of Shakespeare’s Globe.

Officer Without Portfolio: Karen Brayshaw

Karen is Special Collections and Archives Manager, University of Kent.

Officer Without Portfolio: Robyn Greenwood

Robyn is the Exhibitions and Collections Officer at The Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon.