In 2019/20 we are undertaking a project to catalogue, protect and share the Theatre’s archive.
Our project will:
1. Unite our archive collections for the first time
2. Catalogue our archive so we know what we have and where it is
3. Create excellent access for the public and researchers by depositing the archive with the V&A Theatre & Performance Collection
4. Write and implement a policy that outlines what we would collect for our archive going forward
5. Improve environmental conditions in a temporary archive on site
6. Create exciting volunteering opportunities for 26 volunteers for the duration of the project
7. Research and develop four temporary exhibitions to showcase archive material to people attending our performances
8. Run four special events linked to the exhibition themes
9. Record 50 oral histories with Theatre friends enriching our archive with new perspectives on the history of the theatre
10. Host these oral histories on our website
11. Create four in depth education resources and a series of ‘lesson starters’ for schools to work with our archive material
Your stories are needed!
As part of the project we hope to record a series of oral histories to capture memories and personal experiences of the Theatre. Oral history is all about recording personal perspectives and so we would like to record as wide a range of people as possible; actors, creative, employees past and present, patrons past and present, producers, writers…
If you have a memory to share and would be willing to be interviewed we would love to hear from you. You can also nominate someone else as a potential interviewee.
Rachel Osborne, Education Manager
It would be very helpful to know the following information:
• What you/their connection is to the Theatre
• The era you/they were active
• Whereabouts in the country you/they are now
• Your contact details (or in the case of a nomination whether you could put us in touch)