APAC Symposium: Performance Collections and Their Users

With this symposium, APAC proposes to meet with its users: the academics, students and public who have delved into our collections and learnt, created and discovered. The richness and complexity of the material held in our archives offer a wealth of opportunity. How are collections used and how can our knowledge of our users help shape our policies and services?

This day-long symposium will investigate the different constituencies that visit our collections and institutions. It will prompt discussion on how becoming better students of our user communities can assist us in quantifying their impact on our services, acquisitions, promotion and marketing, usage monitoring, impact and ‘value’, and technical innovations.


10.00 Registration and coffee
10.20 Andy Horn, Royal Shakespeare Company
11.00 Erin Lee and Myfanwy Marshall: National Theatre Archive’s Teacher Placement Scheme
11.45 Jo Elsworth and Cara Davies: Creative Uses of the University of Bristol Theatre Collections
12.30 Discussion
13.00 Lunch and performance
14.00 Professor Ewan Fernie and students of the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham: Collections in the Curriculum
14.30 Trish McTighe, Staging Beckett Project, University of Reading: Use of the Archives
15.00 Professor David Worrall, Nottingham Trent University: Theatre History Book Research
15.30 Discussion and refreshments
16.00 Close


This event is free for APAC members. Institutional members may claim up to two free places, and ask for further staff to be added to a waiting list.

Please book via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/performance-collections-and-their-users-tickets-14499338913

Travel Grants

Travel grants are available for APAC members travelling over 50 miles to attend. The deadline for grant applications is 20 January 2015.

To apply, please email Ramona Riedzewski, APAC membership secretary and treasurer, at membership@performingartscollections.org.uk. In your application, please include the cost of your travel ticket. In special cases, grants can also be used towards the cost of an overnight stay. Grants will be paid only on the production of receipts. The maximum total grant is £150. Applications will be assessed by the APAC Executive Committee, which will respond as soon as possible after the deadline.

This event has been funded by Arts Council England as part of its support for Subject Specialist Networks.