Institutional Members

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APGRD (Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama)

International centre for research into performances of Greek and Roman drama worldwide

Claire Kenward, Researcher and Archivist
APGRD, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, University of Oxford, 66 St Giles’, Oxford OX1 3LU
Tel: 01865 288 210
Twitter: apgrd
Facebook: apgrd


Performing arts photographic archive for all categories, current and historical, of theatre, opera, music and dance

Biddy Hayward, Director
ArenaPAL, Thompson House, 42-44 Dolben Street, London SE1 0UQ
Tel: 0207 403 8542
Twitter: arenapal
Facebook: ArenaPAL-The-Performing-Arts-Image-Library-53247538588

Arts University Bournemouth

The library holds published playscripts and books relating to theatre history and management, acting, costume, make-up, theatre design, and dance.

Antonia Leak, Subject Librarian: Acting, Dance and Make Up
Library, Arts University Bournemouth, Wallisdown, Poole, Dorset BH12 5HH
Tel: 01202 363 306

Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT)

Organisation for technicians in the theatre industry, offering membership, advice, training, codes of practice and other publications

Robin Townley, Chief Executive Officer; Jane Thornton, Archivist
ABTT, Fourth Floor, 55 Farringdon Road, London EC1M 3JB
Tel: 0207 242 9200
Twitter: theabtt


AusStage provides an accessible online resource for researching live performance in Australia. Development is led by a consortium of universities, government agencies, industry organisations and collecting institutions with funding from the Australian Research Council and other sources.

Contact Name: Jenny Fewster, AusStage Project Manager
Contact Email:
CHASS, Flinders University, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide, South Australia 5001

Barbican Centre Archives

Annie Ward, Archives Project Officer
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC27 8DS
Tel: 020 7638 4141 (ext. 7431)
Facebook: BarbicanCentre
Twitter: @BarbicanCentre

British Library, The

Collection includes theatrical manuscripts, unique live theatre sound recordings, and videos of contemporary experimental theatre performance.

Eva del Rey, Curator, Drama and Literature Recordings and Digital Performance
British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
Tel: 0207 412 7447

British Music Hall Society

A volunteer run archive containing song sheets, show cards, photographs, programmes, posters, costumes, rare books and a sound archive relating to music hall, variety and pantomime.

Alison Young
Tel: 0208 886 8013
Twitter: musichallsoc

Britten-Pears Foundation

The home and collections of Benjamin Britten and his partner Peter Pears: a historic house with an archive holding music, artworks, papers, books and costumes.

Christopher Hilton, Head of Archive and Library
The Red House, Golf Lane, Aldeburgh IP15 5PZ
Tel: 01728 451 700
Email: enquiries@brittenpears.orgTwitter: BrittenOfficial
Facebook: BrittenOfficial

Brunskill & Loveday Limited

The archive includes searchable databases of thousands of West End and other stage shows built by Brunskill & Loveday, and of the theatres in the UK and abroad that have presented those shows.

Ted Loveday, Managing Director
Brunskill & Loveday Limited, 55-57 Bridge St, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1ES

Cameron Mackintosh Ltd & Delfont Mackintosh Theatres Ltd

Cameron Mackintosh productions since 1967 and the history of his eight West End theatres

Rosy Runciman, Archivist
Cameron Mackintosh Ltd, 1 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3RB
Tel: 0207 637 8866
Website: and

Capital Theatres

We are an independent theatre organisation and a registered Scottish Charity, No SC018605

Rebecca Churcher-Soden; Senior Development Executive
Festival Theatre 13/29 Nicolson Street EH8 9FT
Tel: 0131 529 6000

Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA)

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the CFCCA Library and Archives opened in 2018, and documents the Centre’s artistic programme in the 1980s and the development of Chinese contemporary art in the UK.

Our collections feature material relating to performance artist who have worked at the Centre and records relating to live art festivals we held in 2005-2007. The theme of the gallery’s summer season in 2020 will be Performativity.

Market Buildings, Thomas St, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 1EU
Contact Name: Katie Waring, Archivist

Citizen’s Theatre

The Citizens Theatre is an iconic venue and theatre company based in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, Scotland.

119 Gorbals Street, Glasgow, G5 9DS
Contact Name: Laura Stevens, Heritage Archives and Exhibitions Officer
Organisation Email:

Decolonising the Archive (DTA)

We sample the archive, co-creating spaces that shape our future. We sustain and share our collective memory; stimulating personal and collective transformations.

To do this we consider: What is the function of the memory? What is its context? How best can we sustain it?

Connie Bell, Curator, Heritage Arts Practitioner and Playwright
Twitter: @de_archive

Dialogue – The Community Performance Network

Dialogue curates an archive of materials relevant to the Community Performance field and supports practitioners to contribute original documentation about their own Community Performance practice.

Chris Blois-Brooke, Director
Tel: 07523 208 779
Twitter: PerformDialogue
Facebook: PerformDialogue


Falmouth Exeter Plus

(Archives & Special Collections, Falmouth University and University of Exeter Penryn Campus)

The Archives & Special Collections Service brings together original records with specialised book collections – unique, eclectic and inspiring sources for use in both research and creative practice. Includes the Cornish Performance Archive.

Sarah C. Jane, Archivist & Special Collections Officer

Archives & Special Collections
L0 The Exchange,
Falmouth University and University of Exeter Penryn Campus,
Treliever Road
TR10 9FE

Garrick Club

The club’s Collections and library include paintings, drawings, sculpture, engravings, photographs, rare and important books and manuscripts.

Moira Goff, Curator
Garrick Club, Collections and Library, 15 Garrick Street, London WC2E 9AY
Tel: 0207 395 4112

Glyndebourne Festival Opera

Complete historical record of both Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Glyndebourne Touring Opera since their foundation

Phil Boot, Archivist
Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Glyndebourne, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 5UU
Tel: 01273 812 321, ext 2318

Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD)

The library has 5,000 books, periodicals, programmes and artifacts related to the dance and performing arts world.                     

Sarah Jardine-Willoughby, Librarian
Imperial House, 22/26 Paul Street, London, EC2A 4QE 
T: 0207 377 1577         
Email: /
Twitter: @ISTDdance

James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway

Collections in the James Hardiman Library include Druid Theatre, Galway Arts Festival, Thomas Kilroy, Lyric Theatre, Taibhdhearc Theatre, and Macnas.

Barry Houlihan, Archivist
Archives and Special Collections, James Hardiman Library, National University of Ireland, Galway, University Road, Galway, Ireland
Tel: +353 (91) 493 353
Twitter: nuigarchives
Facebook: nuiglibrary

John Rylands Library, University of Manchester

Special Collections hold printed and archival material for the study of Drama and Theatre History from the 17th century to the 21st, covering plays and playwrights, theatre history and performance, and the history of film and cinema.

Julie Ramwell, Rare Books Librarian
The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester, 150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH
Tel: 0161 275 7605
Twitter: TheJohnRylands
Facebook: JohnRylandsLibrary

Kellogg College, University of Oxford

Sam Truman, Librarian
Library, Kellogg College, University of Oxford, 60 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PN
Facebook: kellogg-college-library


King’s College London

Multi-disciplinary collections, including Archives and the Foyle Special Collections Library, support study and research in the creative arts: Music, Film Studies, Digital Humanities & Culture, Media & Creative Industries.

Teresa Elmes, Library Liaison Manager
Maughan Library, King’s College London, Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1LR
Tel: 0207 848 2424
Twitter: kingslibraries
Facebook: KingsLibraries

Kingston University

Library holdings and archive special collections on performing arts and related subjects

Dayna Miller, Archivist
Library and Learning Services, Kingston University, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE
Tel: 0208 417 7054

Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House Ltd (including the City Varieties Music Hall and Hyde Park Picture House)

Archives of Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House since its founding in 1876 (opened in 1878)

Rachel Lythe, Head of Learning
Leeds Grand Theatre, 46 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NZ
Tel: 0113 297 7043


Library of Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, The

Collections include the Rough Magic Theatre Company archive, significant holdings of Samuel Beckett manuscripts, music collections (manuscript and print), and collections acquired through UK and Irish Legal Deposit.

Laura Shanahan, Head of Research Collections
Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2
Tel: 0353 1 896 1000
Twitter: @tcdlibrary / @TCDResearchColl

LW Theatres

In July 2018, we officially rebranded from The Really Useful Theatres to LW Theatres. Owned by theatrical visionary Andrew Lloyd Webber, we started up back in 1977. Our passion and pride for what we do has seen us become the largest operator of musical theatres in London. They are: Theatre Royal Drury Lane; The London Palladium; the Cambridge Theatre; Adelphi Theatre (co-owned with the Nederlander Group); the Gillian Lynne Theatre, The Other Palace and Her Majesty’s Theatre.

4th Floor, Drury House, 34-43 Russell Street, LONDON WC2B 5SP
Contact Name: Mark Fox
Contact Email:

National Archives, The

Owen Mundy / Hannah Jones, Sector Development Manager
The National Archives, Bessant Drive, Richmond, TW9 4DU
Tel: 020 8876 3444
Twitter: UKNatArchives

National Resource Centre for Dance

One of the Archives & Special Collections at University of Surrey, the NRCD contains over 60 archives and special collections focused on dance and movement, and a core reference collection.

Helen Roberts, Archives & Special Collections Manager
NRCD, Archives & Special Collections, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH
Tel: 01483 683 030


Twitter: surreylib

National Theatre Archive, The

Administrative and technical records of the National Theatre from its inception in 1963

Erin Lee, Archivist
NT Archive, NT Studio, 83-101 The Cut, London SE1 8LL
Tel: 0207 452 5135


Northern Ballet Archive

Organisational and personal collections of Northern Ballet, dating from its inception in 1969 to the present. Includes audio-visual formats, photographs and posters.

Hari Jonkers, Archivist
Northern Ballet, Quarry Hill, LS2 7PA, Leeds, Yorkshire
Tel: 0113 220 8000
Twitter: northernballet
Facebook: northernballet

Northern School of Contemporary Dance

The library holds books, journals, videos, DVDs, CDs, and special collections.

Samantha King, Librarian/CDD Library Advisor & OpenAthens Administrator
Library, NSCD, 98 Chapeltown Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS7 4BH
Tel: 0113 219 3020
Twitter: nscdlibrary
Facebook: nscdlibrary

Opera Scotland

Opera Scotland is making accessible online the history of opera in Scotland, by building a record of performance history, one performance at a time. Collection includes photographs, programmes and other memorabilia.

Peter Fraser, Editor
Opera Scotland, Croft House, North Croft Dyke, Ceres, Fife KY15 5QH
Tel: 01707 273 863
Twitter: operascotland
Facebook: operascotland

Overtures – The Bunnett-Muir Musical Theatre Archive Trust

Musical theatre collection with audio recordings dating back to the nineteenth century, video recordings, sheet music, libretti, posters, programmes, books, magazines and memorabilia

Rexton Bunnett, Founder; Patrick Hayward, CEO
Overtures, 136 Avenue Road, London W3 8QG
Tel: 07502 309 493


A 50 years+ archive of stage photography in the UK. Specialising in modern drama, Shakespeare and opera. Over 100,000 online images available to license. More than 1,000,000 images held in total. Also includes comprehensive documentation, a large collection of programmes and other associated material.

8 Drakes Mews, Crownhill Industry, Milton Keynes MK8 0ER
Contact Name: Donald Cooper

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) Archives   

The Archives holds a wealth of fascinating institutional, personal archives and rare prints, dating from the 17th Century to the present day. 

Sarah Molloy, Head of Library Research Support
Mile End Library, 328 Mile End Road, London E1 4RQ
T: 02078 823873
Twitter: @qmlibrary         

Riverside Studios

Riverside Studios has a long legacy and reputation as a boundary-pushing home for the arts and creative expression. As the place where art and community meet in West London, this dynamic cultural venue is home to a confluence of theatre, film, music, dance, comedy, visual art, enterprise, innovative technology, events and hospitality.

Address: 101 Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith W6 9BN
Contact Name: Clare Stephens, Archivist

Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance

Collection of over 50,000 items on all aspects of the theatre and the performing arts. The library also hosts special collections and has links with the College’s research activities.

Frank Trew, College Librarian
Rose Bruford College, Lamorbey Park, Burnt Oak Lane, Sidcup, Kent DA15 9DF
Tel: 0208 308 2635

Royal Academy of Dance, incorporating The Benesh Institute

Library includes audio-visual material, programmes and notation scores. Archives and special collections relate to the RAD’s history and founders, and include photographs of British ballet, 1940-1980.

Eleanor Fitzpatrick, Archives and Records Manager
Library and Research Services, Philip Richardson Library, Royal Academy of Dance, 36 Battersea Square, London SW11 3RA
Tel: 0207 326 8010/8032
Twitter: RADLibrary

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)

James Thornton, Library Manager
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Library, 18-22 Chenies Street, London WC1E 7PA
Tel: 0207 636 7076


Twitter: rada_london
Facebook: RoyalAcademyOfDramaticArt

Royal Albert Hall Archive

Collects, preserves and makes accessible the history of the iconic Grade I listed building, organisation, and events hosted since the Hall’s opening in 1871

Liz Harper, Archive Manager
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
Tel: 0203 036 9033
Twitter: royalalberthall
Facebook: royalalberthall

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (RCSSD)  

The library offers a specialised collection covering all aspects of the performing arts and related disciplines, as well as performance DVDs, musical theatre CDs and scores.         

Helen Davies, Head of Library Services
Embassy Theatre, 62-64 Eton Avenue, London NW3 3HY
T: 02075 593942
Twitter: @CSSDLondon     

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, The

Since its foundation as the Glasgow Athenaeum in 1847 the Conservatoire’s archives have accrued many important collections of instruments, manuscripts, artworks, photographs, performance ephemera and memorabilia which are made available via our archives search room facility.

Address: 100 Renfrew St, Whittaker Library, Glasgow G41 4DN
Contact Name: Alan Jones, Performing Arts Librarian
Contact Email:

Royal Holloway College, University of London

Collections include Roy Waters Collection of theatrical ephemera and the records of Gay Sweatshop, Half Moon, RedShift, and Molecule theatre companies

Annabel Valentine, College Archivist
Archives and Special Collections, Founder’s Library, Royal Holloway College, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX
Tel: 01784 443 814

Royal Opera House Collections

Material records the history of three theatres on the site since 1732, and the performances there.

Julia Creed, Head of Collections
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD
Tel: 0207 212 9353

Royal Shakespeare Company

The Royal Shakespeare Company holds a collection of material representing more than 200 years of Shakespeare in performance.

Robyn Greenwood, Exhibitions Manager
Royal Shakespeare Company, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6BB
Tel: 01789 272 323


Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

RWCMD is the National Conservatoire of Wales, and the library supports the academic and performance needs of staff and students.

Megan Wiley, Librarian
RWCMD Library, Castle Grounds, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3ER
Tel: 02920 391 330 (issue desk), 02920 391 331


Twitter: RWCMDLibrary


Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Collections of Shakespeare-related material and of the Royal Shakespeare Company

Paul Taylor, Head of Collections
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, The Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford upon Avon CV37 6QW
Tel: 01789 204 016

Shakespeare’s Globe Library and Archives

Resources on Shakespearean drama and the Globe Theatre as a performance space

Victoria Lane, Archivist
Shakespeare’s Globe Library and Archives, 21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT
Tel: 0207 902 1581/1580

Southbank Centre

Clare Wood
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Tel: 0207 960 4352
Twitter: southbankcentre #SCArchive
Facebook: southbankcentre

Trinity Laban (Laban Library) Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Laban Library offers the largest and most varied open-access specialist research collection on dance and related subjects in the UK, covering many aspects of dance in a variety of formats and languages.

Ralph Cox, Head of Library and Archive
King Charles Court, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 9JF 
Twitter: @TrinityLaban      

University of Bristol Theatre Collection        

The Theatre Collection was founded in 1951 to support the establishment of Drama as an academic discipline in the UK, and has grown to become one of the world’s leading collections relating to the history of British theatre and live art. 

Athene Bain, Archives Assistant
Vandyck Building, Cantocks Close, Bristol BS8 1UP   
Twitter: @UoB_Theatre_Col

University of Glasgow
Claire McKendrick, Chief Library Assistant
University of Glasgow, Special Collections Department, Hillhead Street, Glasgow G12 8QE
Tel: 0141 330 6767
Twitter: @UofGlasgowASC

University of Huddersfield / Heritage Quay    

We act as the official archive for the University, as well as the guardian of the archives of other organisations, families and individuals dating back over 200 years. We specialise in education, British 20th/21st century music, sport, politics, theatre, and art and design.

Lindsay  Ince, Archivist and Records Manager
9 Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH
Twitter: @Heritage_Quay  

University of Kent

The Theatre Collections focus upon Victorian and Edwardian popular performance. 20th century material is actively collected (e.g., the British Stand Up Comedy Archive). Collections include playscripts, publicity material, photographs and ephemera.

Karen Brayshaw, Special Collections and Archives Manager
Special Collections & Archives, Templeman Library, University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NZ
Tel: 01227 823 127


Twitter: UniKentArchives
Website: /


University of Leeds

Archives and manuscripts of prominent theatre and dance companies, individual artistic directors and writers – chiefly connected to the region or university, with national reputations

Joanne Fitton, Head of Special Collections and Galleries
Special Collections, Brotherton Library, University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 9JT
Tel: 0113 343 5518
Twitter: UoLTreasures

University of Sheffield – National Circus & Fairground Archive  

The collection embodies the history of popular entertainment in the United Kingdom from the seventeenth century onwards, covering every aspect of the travelling fair, circus and allied entertainments as well as the culture, business and life of travelling showpeople.

Arantza Barrutia-Wood, Collections Manager
Main Library, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN 
Email: /
T: 01142 227260                       
Twitter: @Fairarchives      

Victoria and Albert Museum – Department of Theatre and Performance

The UK national collections of performing arts material

Ramona Riedzewski, Head of Collections Management
V&A Theatre and Performance Archive, Blythe House, 23 Blythe Road, London W14 0QX
Facebook: victoriaandalbertmuseum

Westminster Central Reference Library

Zsuzsanna Nemeth
35 St Martin’s Street, London, WC2H 7HP
Tel: 020 7641 5250
Twitter: @WestRefLib

Wimbledon College of Arts Library (University of the Arts London)

The college has a long tradition of providing world class training in technical arts related to the stage, screen and theatre. With the introduction of acting courses, Wimbledon now trains professionals on stage and backstage, in front of and behind the camera.

Lorna Scott, Assistant Academic Support Librarian
Merton Hall Road, London SW19 2QA
T: 02075 149695