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Archives for Families: Encounters with the Royal Opera House

This month’s blog comes from Stephanie Rolt, Archivist at the Royal Opera House, London as well as our very own APAC Secretary extraordinaire! Here Steph tells us about the ways her team engages families with their archive collections and the trial and error steps it took to establish successful family activities. Public Engagement at the […]

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Inspiring Learners at The Red House

Our third blog of 2020 comes from APAC member Dr Christopher Hilton, Head of Archive and Library at The Red House in Suffolk, who tells us about using their collections to inspire learning and creativity. The Red House, former home of the composer Benjamin Britten and his partner the tenor Peter Pears, is a historic […]

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Consultant’s Plans to Southbank Landmark: the TPC Archive at the National Theatre

In our second blog of 2020, Max Hopkinson, Assistant Archivist at the National Theatre Archive tells us about the newly catalogued Theatre Project Consultants (TPC) Archive which charts the story of the now iconic National Theatre building. It is nearly six decades since the National Theatre Company under Sir Laurence Olivier gave their first-ever performance […]

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Opening Up the Citizens Theatre Archive For All

Happy New Year and welcome to the first of our 2020 blogs which comes from Laura Stevens-Brown, Heritage Archives and Exhibitions Officer at the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow. Since 2018 the Theatre has been undergoing a major redevelopment of their Victorian theatre building. The circa £21.5 million project is supported by a £5.3 million award […]

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Celebrating Our Fortieth Anniversary!

To round off our blogs for 2019 we look back at the year that saw us celebrate our fortieth birthday. Founded in 1979 as the Theatre Information Group London (TIG), APAC is now a registered charity and membership organisation for professionals, specialists, and other individuals working with or interested in performing arts heritage in the […]

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Garrick Preserved

Following on from the wonderful welcome APAC received from Artistic Director Greg Doran at our recent annual Study Day at the Royal Shakespeare Company, in this month’s blog he tells us about his experience observing the conservation of “The Apotheosis of Garrick”. The artwork held in the RSC collection, is now on display at the […]

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Heads Will Roll: An NT Archive Spooktacular that’ll have you saying #OhMyGourd!

WARNING: Contains gory photographs! For all you ghosts and goblins, we’re creepin’ it real with this blood curdling blog, not for the faint-hearted. Fran Horner, Archive Assistant at the National Theatre Archive, explores a slightly #Unboolievable object held in their collections. I have worked in the Archive at the National Theatre for just over a […]

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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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