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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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‘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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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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The ‘Creative People’ Project: Enhancing the Research Potential of Theatre Collections

This month Jim Ranahan, Archivist at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (SBT), explains how a joint project between the SBT and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), will facilitate access to the professional and personal archives of three significant figures in the 20th century theatre industry. As reported in APAC Newsletter Number 8 (Summer 2018), the newly […]

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Rambert Performance Database

This month we hear from Chris Jones, the Rambert Archive’s project manager, who shares with us an overview of the dance company’s new online database recording 92 years of performance history. Launched on 15 June 2018, the Rambert Performance Database provides access to nine decades of performance history, drawing together a wealth of information about […]

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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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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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Digitising the Gate Theatre Archive

In February 2016 the James Hardiman Library at the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway, commenced a project to digitise the significant archives of Dublin’s famous Gate Theatre. In this month’s blog post, archivist Barry Houlihan and digitisation archivists Conor Dent and Nicola Gray take us through the process and explain how the archives will […]

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When is a “man playing a bugle” not a man playing a bugle?

Philip Milnes-Smith is a trainee Archives Assistant at Shakespeare’s Globe and this month he shares with us his experience of problem-solving around the digitisation of illustrations documenting the reconstruction of the Globe Theatre – a project initiated by the American actor, director and producer Sam Wanamaker. Although it is twenty years this year since the […]

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