The Association of Performing Arts Collections (APAC) is the Subject Specialist Network of performing arts collections in the UK and Ireland.
Its members â€“ museums, archives, libraries, organisations, and individuals â€“ meet regularly to discuss issues and share ideas and information.
APAC provides an email discussion forum, study days on specialist topics, and collaborative projects. It is the UK affiliate of SIBMAS, the International Association of Libraries and Museums of the Performing Arts.
Drawing for model of Globe Playhouse, with section drawings by William
Poel, 1897. From: University of Bristol Theatre Collection
Sadler’s Aquatic Theatre, 1809. From: Sadler’s Wells Theatre Archive, Islington Local History Centre
Lisa Ullmann (right) teaching. Photograph: Roland Watkins. From: Laban Library & Archive, Trinity Laban
Choreographer Frederick Ashton’s message in one of G.B.L. Wilson’s car journeys visitors books. From: GBL Wilson Archive Collection, Royal Academy of Dance, Philip Richardson Library
Stevenson Hall in the Old Glasgow Athenaeum, 1968. From: The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Search Our Collections
APAC has a database in Culture Grid that contains records about members’ and others’ performing arts holdings. Known as UK Theatre Collections, the database is a good place to start searching for materials.