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The ‘Creative People’ Project: Enhancing the Research Potential of Theatre Collections

This month Jim Ranahan, Archivist at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (SBT), explains how a joint project between the SBT and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), will facilitate access to the professional and personal archives of three significant figures in the 20th century theatre industry. As reported in APAC Newsletter Number 8 (Summer 2018), the newly […]

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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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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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The Great War Theatre Project

This month Dr Helen Brooks, Senior Lecturer in Drama at the University of Kent, explains how the Great War Theatre Project is recovering many long-forgotten plays and changing our perception of theatre entertainment during the First World War. Try to think of plays about the First World War. Perhaps Journey’s End comes to mind, or […]

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Digitising the Gate Theatre Archive

In February 2016 the James Hardiman Library at the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway, commenced a project to digitise the significant archives of Dublin’s famous Gate Theatre. In this month’s blog post, archivist Barry Houlihan and digitisation archivists Conor Dent and Nicola Gray take us through the process and explain how the archives will […]

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When is a “man playing a bugle” not a man playing a bugle?

Philip Milnes-Smith is a trainee Archives Assistant at Shakespeare’s Globe and this month he shares with us his experience of problem-solving around the digitisation of illustrations documenting the reconstruction of the Globe Theatre – a project initiated by the American actor, director and producer Sam Wanamaker. Although it is twenty years this year since the […]

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David Garrick: 300 years young!

This month Carmen Holdsworth-Delgado, Curator of the Garrick Club, introduces some highlights of the collection which were used to create a small display for the members of the Club on the tercentenary of David Garrick’s birth. February marked the 300th anniversary of the birth of David Garrick, Britain’s greatest actor, manager, playwright and entrepreneur. Throughout […]

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Definitely Red!

Fiona Gell, Cataloguing Assistant, tells us about her experience of cataloguing the Red Ladder Theatre Archive, held in Special Collections at the University of Leeds. In 2016 Special Collections and Red Ladder Theatre Company were announced as the winners of The Business Archives Council cataloguing grant for business archives related to the Arts. I was […]

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