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CULTURE SWAP BLOG SERIES

In this special series of blogs we hear from participants of our maiden Culture Swap initiative. The project matched APAC members across institutions and geographical locations to shadow and learn from each other. Participants met colleagues in the sector, studied how they work and found out more about their institutions and projects, in order to […]

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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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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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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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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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‘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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“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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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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Helpful Hashtags to Promote Your Collections in 2018

This month Liz Harper, Archive Manager at the Royal Albert Hall and APAC Ex Com Officer without portfolio, has compiled a list of Twitter hashtags to help members identify forthcoming social media campaigns relevant to performing arts collections. The use of social media to create greater awareness and access to the collections we care for has […]

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