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Teamwork at the Kings Theatre Archives

This month we put volunteers in the spotlight as Christopher Grant, volunteer archivist, explains how the dedication and achievements of the Kings Theatre archive team were recognised in the recent ‘Portsmouth Inspiring Volunteer Awards, 2018’. Back in 2010 many unsorted boxes of paperwork concerning the Kings Theatre in Southsea were moved from a small room […]

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Rambert Performance Database

This month we hear from Chris Jones, the Rambert Archive’s project manager, who shares with us an overview of the dance company’s new online database recording 92 years of performance history. Launched on 15 June 2018, the Rambert Performance Database provides access to nine decades of performance history, drawing together a wealth of information about […]

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Shakespeare Uncut: Talking to Strangers

This month we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Refugee Week with a blog from Rossella Black – Librarian at Shakespeare’s Globe – who explains how Shakespeare’s ‘Strangers’ Speech’, from The Book of Sir Thomas More, is as relevant today as it was in the Elizabethan era.   ‘..the right to travel, is not a privilege […]

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200 Years of The Old Vic in London

May 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of The Old Vic in London. The National Theatre and University of Bristol Theatre Collection are both marking this anniversary with exhibitions. Erin Lee – Head of Archives at the National Theatre, and Jill Sullivan – Archives Assistant at the University of Bristol Theatre Collection tell us more. The […]

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The Perception and Reception of Early Dance

Sharon Butler is Secretary for the Early Dance Circle (EDC) and in this month’s blog she shares with us some thoughts on the ‘Perception and Reception of Early Dance’ – the topic of the EDC Biennial Conference taking place from 18-20 May 2018 at St Katherine’s, Parmoor, Frieth, RG9 6NN (near High Wycombe). The National […]

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THE CINEMA YEARS – TYNE THEATRE AND OPERA HOUSE, NEWCASTLE

Last December the APAC Newsletter included an article by Alan Butland, Trustee of the Tyne Theatre and Opera House Preservation Trust, about the three day film festival organised as part of the Theatre’s 150th anniversary celebrations. This month’s blog expands on that article and describes the challenge researchers’ face when archives become “distributed”.   Clear-outs […]

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Helpful Hashtags to Promote Your Collections in 2018

This month Liz Harper, Archive Manager at the Royal Albert Hall and APAC Ex Com Officer without portfolio, has compiled a list of Twitter hashtags to help members identify forthcoming social media campaigns relevant to performing arts collections. The use of social media to create greater awareness and access to the collections we care for has […]

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An Amateur Archivist

Our first post of 2018 comes from Rexton S Bunnett of the Bunnet-Muir Musical Theatre Archive Trust, who explains how he became ‘hooked’ on collection development! My Collins Dictionary’s definition of an archivist is ’a person in charge of archives’.  So I’m not an amateur in the strict sense as I’m in charge of an […]

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250th Anniversary of the Birth of Circus

For our final blog post of 2017 Arantza Barrutia-Wood, Collections Manager at the National Fairground and Circus Archive (NFCA), looks forward to 2018 and marking the 250th anniversary of the birth of modern circus in England as developed by Philip Astley in 1768. Philip Astley, was a Sergeant Major of the 15th Light Dragoons, who […]

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“Oh yes it is!” and “Oh yes we do!”: pantomime collections at the University of Kent

Joanna Baines is Senior Library Assistant at the Templeman Library, University of Kent, Canterbury, and this month she gets us in the festive spirit with a focus on two new exhibitions exploring the fascinating history of pantomime. What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘pantomime’? Is it a memory of childhood winter visits […]

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