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.
Cover of the sheet music for ‘The Colleen Bawn Quadrille’, c.1861. From: Calthrop Boucicault Collection, Special Collections & Archives, University of Kent
Novello Theatre, London. From: Cameron Mackintosh Ltd & Delfont Mackintosh Theatres Ltd
Hero’s wedding dress, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, New Shakespeare Company, 1963. Costume design by David Walker. From: Shakespeare Institute Library, University of Birmingham
Storyboard of ‘Henry V’ from Kenneth Branagh’s film adaptation, Renaissance Films, 1988. From: Shakespeare Institute Library, University of Birmingham
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.
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
Programme for the Oxford Theatre, 1911. From: The Theatres Trust
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
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
Sadler’s Aquatic Theatre, 1809. From: Sadler’s Wells Theatre Archive, Islington Local History Centre
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
Lisa Ullmann (right) teaching. Photograph: Roland Watkins. From: Laban Library & Archive, Trinity Laban
Stevenson Hall in the Old Glasgow Athenaeum, 1968. From: The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Exterior of the Royal Albert Hall at its opening on 29 March 1871. From: Royal Albert Hall Archive
Scrapbook of theatre architect E.A. Woodrow, 1890s. From: The Theatres Trust
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
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
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
Drawing of Indian dancer Ritha Devi by artist Eilean Pearcey. Â© National Resource Centre for Dance
Drawing for model of Globe Playhouse, with section drawings by William
Poel, 1897. From: University of Bristol Theatre 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
Nearly full-size replica of a London Transport bus, which, full of passengers, was used in ‘London Town’, the opening scene of the 1949 Royal Variety Show at the London Coliseum. Â© Brunskill & Loveday
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
Discussing a set for ‘Dangerous Curves’, Garrick Theatre, London, 1953: (left to right) Terence de Marney, producer, director, and actor; Guy Sheppard, designer; Phil Harker, scenic artist; Ted Loveday, scenery builder. Â© Brunskill & Loveday
Playbill advertising the children’s pantomime ‘Babes in the Wood’ at the Lyceum Theatre, 24 December c.1913. From: Melville Collection, Special Collections & Archives, University of Kent
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APAC’s database, UK Theatre Collections, contains records about members’ and others’ performing arts holdings. It is a good place to start searching for materials.
Aug 18 APAC Meeting Central St Martins College of Arts & Design 2:00 pm Oct 12 Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities: Exploring new digital destinations for heritage and academia The Lowry More info
Dec 4 APAC Meeting University of Kent 1:00 pm
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