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‘Someone Inspirational’: Sam Wanamaker’s Centenary

This month we hear from Victoria Lane, Library & Archive Manager at Shakespeare’s Globe about celebrating visionary actor & director Sam Wanamaker, in the year he would have turned 100. The reconstruction of the Globe Theatre is due to the determination and persistence of one man, Sam Wanamaker. This year sees his centenary and the […]

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Historical Dance in the World of Digital Resources

Our August blog comes from Sharon Butler, Secretary of the Early Dance Centre, who tells us about the CULTURE MOVES Project in collaboration with the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University & Europeana to create a MOOC about early dance history. Historical dance is embedded in European art and history. The mission of the Early […]

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Mary’s Marvels! The Ian Hinchliffe & Jon John Archives

This month’s blog explores the collections of two performance artists – Ian Hinchliffe and Jon John. Stephanie Rolt, Archives Officer at Queen Mary University of London explains the unique set of questions and opportunities encountered whilst working with these performing arts archives. University Archives are fascinating places, full of collections on an eclectic range of topics. […]

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Albert Speaks! Capturing 150 Years of Performance

Our June blog comes from Alex Duthie, Project Officer for the Albert Speaks! Oral History Project at the Royal Albert Hall Archive. Here Alex shares the aims of the project and some of the many memories of performance at the Hall he has captured. In 2017 the Royal Albert Hall Archive launched a unique oral […]

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‘SHARING THE MESSEL MAGIC’: The Oliver Messel Archive at the University of Bristol Theatre Collection

This month we hear from Gemma Brace, Exhibitions and Engagement Officer, at the University of Bristol Theatre Collection. Gemma describes ‘Sharing the Messel Magic’; a two-year project, which has done more than simply document the life and work of renowned stage designer Oliver Messel. The project has connected this world-class performing arts collection with artists, […]

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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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“ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE”: Digitising the Archives of Shakespeare’s Globe

Our March blog comes from APAC institutional member Adam Matthew Ltd. The academic digital publisher discusses the digitisation of the performance archives of Shakespeare’s Globe. Shakespeare’s Globe is renowned worldwide for the iconic reconstruction of the original Globe Theatre and as a place of radical theatrical experiment. Over the past few years, we here at […]

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THEATRE TREASURES: NATIONAL THEATRE ARCHIVE UNBOXED

In our February blog, Erin Lee, Head of Archive, National Theatre, explains how a new exhibition being staged at the London theatre, is celebrating the 25th birthday of its archive and responses to the treasures held within. In 2019, the National Theatre Archive turns 25. Established in 1994, the Archive aims to document, preserve and […]

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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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