Supporting Performing Arts Collections
Association of Performing Arts Collections (APAC) is the Subject Specialist Network of performing arts collections in the UK and Ireland.
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.
Exterior of the Royal Albert Hall at its opening on 29 March 1871. From: Royal Albert Hall Archive
Maria Callas as Violetta in Act I of ‘La traviata’ (1957/58 revival) at the Royal Opera House. Â© Roger Wood Photographic Collection, Royal Opera House Collections
Novello Theatre, London. From: Cameron Mackintosh Ltd & Delfont Mackintosh Theatres Ltd
Sadler’s Aquatic Theatre, 1809. From: Sadler’s Wells Theatre Archive, Islington Local History Centre
Joseph Grimaldi, the first modern clown and star performer of Sadler’s Wells in the early 19th century. From: Sadler’s Wells Theatre Archive, Islington Local History Centre
The weird sisters played by Susie Jenkinson, Philippa Gail, and Pauline Menear in a tour of ‘Macbeth’, 1978. From: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Drawing for model of Globe Playhouse, with section drawings by William
Poel, 1897. From: University of Bristol Theatre Collection
Stevenson Hall in the Old Glasgow Athenaeum, 1968. From: The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Barry Kay’s scenery design for Rudolf Nureyev’s production of ‘Raymonda, Act III’ for The Royal Ballet Touring Company, 1966. Â© Barry Kay Archive.
Lisa Ullmann (right) teaching. Photograph: Roland Watkins. From: Laban Library & Archive, Trinity Laban
Architect-engineer Edwin O Sachs on skeleton stage bridges during the remodelling of the Royal Opera House stage, 1900-1901. From: Edwin O Sachs Photographic Collection, Royal Opera House Collections
Hero’s wedding dress, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, New Shakespeare Company, 1963. Costume design by David Walker. From: Shakespeare Institute Library, University of Birmingham
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
2011 ‘archival’ reconstruction of the 1934 W.B. Yeats/Ninette de Valois dance-drama ‘The King of the Great Clock Tower’. Photograph Â© Patrick Baldwin (2011). From: The Royal Ballet School Collections, White Lodge Museum
Storyboard of ‘Henry V’ from Kenneth Branagh’s film adaptation, Renaissance Films, 1988. From: Shakespeare Institute Library, University of Birmingham
Costume worn by Charles Kean as Hotspur in ‘Henry IV Part One’
1850s. Â© Museum of London
Joseph Grimaldi’s clown suit, early 19th century. Â© Museum of London
Costume design by Jeannetta Cochrane for Yvonne Arnaud in ‘Love for Love’ by William Congreve, Phoenix Theatre, London, 1943. From: Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection
Toy theatre print of William Macready as Count Florinski in ‘The Exiles of Siberia’, published by O.Hodgson, 1831. From: Roy Waters Theatre Collection, Archives, Royal Holloway, University of London
Drawing of Indian dancer Ritha Devi by artist Eilean Pearcey. Â© National Resource Centre for Dance
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.