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The following information about major accessions to repositories in 2005 relate to cinema, drama and the performing arts has been received from the National Archives.


Birmingham City Archives, Central Library, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, B3 3HG England

Banner Theatre Co., Birmingham: additional records 20th cent (MS 1611)

Highbury Little Theatre, Sutton Coldfield: records 1900-1999 (Acc 2005/011)

The Drum, arts centre, Birmingham: records c1960-2005 (MS 2192)

Bolton Archive and Local Studies Service, Central Library, Civic Centre, Le Mans Crescent, Bolton, Greater Manchester, BL1 1SE, England

William John Francis Naughton, author and playwright: additional records, incl corresp. c1980-2005 (ZNA)

Bolton Film Society: corresp., accounts and other records c1960-1989

Brent Archive, 152 Olive Road, Cricklewood, London NW2 6UY, England

Flamingo Carnival Group: designs, photographs and cuttings c 1980-2005 (A19/2005)

Bristol Record Office, 'B' Bond Warehouse, Smeaton Road, Bristol BS1 6XN England

Bristol Opera Company: records 1923-2004 (43020)

Documents rel to the Cinematograph Act 1909 1912-1913 (42967)

Centre for Kentish Studies, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1XQ England

Speldhurst Players, amateur dramatic group: minutes and scrapbooks rel to productions 1945-95 (Acc 7081)

Cheshire and Chester Archives and Local Studies, Duke Street, Chester CH1 1RH, England

Majestic Picture House Ltd., Macclesfield: records, mainly financial 1922-99 (D 6965) Cumbria Record Office and Local Studies Library, Whitehaven, Scotch Street, Whitehaven, Cumbria CA28 7NL England

John Irwin, poet and playwright: papers, mainly comprising manuscripts and drafts of poems and plays c1970-2004 (YDX 441)

Cumbria Record Office, Carlisle Headquarters, The Castle, Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 8UR, England

Elsie Arnott, operatic singer: personal records and corresp 1933-1991 (DX 1804)

Dorset History Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1RP, England

William R. Stickland, magician: personal papers 1970-1984 (D.1932)

Collected films relating to Dorset towns incl Shaston, a documentary on Shaftesbury c1930-79 (D. 1614)

Durham County Record Office, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL, England

Dorothy Carr, drama advisor: papers 20th cent

Ealing Local History Centre, Central Library, 103 Ealing Broadway Centre, London W5 5JY, England

Bleak House Operatic Society, Ealing: programmes c1931-55 (344)

East Sussex Record Office, The Maltings, Castle Precincts, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1YT, England

Lewes Little Theatre Ltd: additional records c1950-2004 (ACC 9260)

Glasgow City Archives, The Mitchell Library, 210 North Street, Glasgow, Lanarkshire G3 7DN, Scotland

Mayfest (arts festival), Glasgow: records 20th cent (TD 1465)

Gloucestershire Archives, Clarence Row, Alvin Street, Gloucester GL1 3DW, England

Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham: additional records, minutes, corresp and papers 1974-2005 (D6978)

Gwynedd Archives, Caernarfon Record Office, Victoria Dock, Caernarfon LL55 1SH, Wales

Eveline Vaughan Davies, teacher: corresp, articles, notes and photographs rel. to her training and work as a teacher, and to local interests incl amateur dramatics 1914-1995 (XM 11904)

Jersey Archive, Jersey Heritage Trust, Clarence Road, St. Helier, Jersey JE2 4JY, Channel Islands

Island Players, Jersey: minutes, photographs and papers 1949-2001 (JA/1027)

Lancashire Record Office, Bow Lane, Preston, Lancashire PR1 2RE, England

Chorley Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society: minutes 1951-1976 (DDX 985 acc 9896)

London Metropolitan Archives: City of London, 40 Northampton Road, London WC1R OHB, England

Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London; additional records incl corresp, papers and photographs etc 1960-2005 (CLA/056)

Newham Archive and Local Studies Library, Stratford Library, 3 The Grove, London E15 1EL, England

Berta Freistadt, drama teacher, Newham: papers c1965-75

Norfolk Record Office, The Archive Centre, Martineau Lane, Norwich NR1 2DQ, England

Spin-Off Theatre Company, Norwich: recorded interviews rel to life on the Norfolk Broads 2004 (SAC)

Hellesdon Church Drama Group: papers 1953-1960 (ACC 2005/279)

Eastern Angles Theatre Company, Ipswich: recorded interviews, script and publicity material rel to Beyond the Breakers, a play by Ivan Cutting, based on oral history material of the Norfolk lifeboat services 2004-2005 (SAC 2002/10) [See also Suffolk Record Office, Lowestoft Branch]

Peterborough Archives Service, Peterborough Central Library, Broadway, Peterborough PE1 1RX, England

Peterborough Film Society: records 1947-2005 (PAS/PFS)

Portsmouth Museums and Records Service, Museum Road, Portsmouth PO1 2LJ, England

Portsmouth Players: additional programmes 1951-64 (1392A)

Portsmouth Music Club: additional minutes 1975-84 (2262A)

Daniels collection: records of Southsea Shakespeare Actors c1940-59 (2261A)

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Records Office, The Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6QW, England

Duncan Goddard, actor, Stratford-upon-Avon: papers incl those rel to the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre and amateur theatrical performances 1941-1957 (DR 1157)

Southampton Archives Office, South Block, Civic Centre, Southampton SO14 7LY, England

Charles Dibdin, dramatist and songwriter: MS scores for opera, pantomime and music sketches 18th-19th cent

Follies Variety Club, Southampton: photographs, press cuttings and ephemera c1960-2004

Suffolk Record Office, Lowestoft Branch, Central Library, Clapham Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR32 1DR, England

Eastern Angles Theatre, Ipswich: records rel to the production of Beyond the Breakers 2004-2005 (1976) [See also Norfolk Record Office]

Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey GU21 6ND, England

Thorndike Theatre and Leatherhead Theatre Club: additional records rel to young people's theatre and Thorndike Exchange, mainly promotional material 1993-98 (7836)

Tyne and Wear Archives Service, Blandford House, Blandford Square, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 4JA, England

Ruth Dodds, author, playwright and councillor: diaries and notebooks 1905-74 (DF.DOD)

Ian Milne, comedian and entertainer: scripts, corresp, bookings etc 1943-48 (DF.IM)

Sunderland Empire, theatre: scrapbooks, posters, photograph albums 1908-2000 (TH.EMP)

West Sussex Record Office, Sherburne House, 3 Orchard Street, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1RN, England

Robert William Victor Gittings, poet, biographer and playwright: additional papers c1940-59 (Acc. 13833)

West Yorkshire Archive Service, Calderdale, Central Library Northgate House Northgate, Halifax, HX1 1UN, England

Sowerby Bridge and District Gilbert and Sullivan Society: records incl minutes 1957-78 (WYC:1259)

West Yorkshire Archive Servive, Leeds, 2 Chapetown Road, Sheepscar, Leeds LS7 3AP, England

Grand Theatre, Leeds: additional financial reocrds 1910-2003 (WYL762 (add))

Wiltshire and Swindon Record Office, Libraries and Heritage HQ, Wiltshire County Council, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire BA14 8BS, England

Trowbridge Amateur Operatic Society: minutes, photographs and ephemera 1921-2003 (3499)

Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies, 42-50 Snow Hill, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire WV2 4AG, England

Theatre Royal, Wolverhampton: records incl minutes 1843-1877 (DX-374/4/1)

Commoners Morris Dancers, Wednesfield: minutes, corresp and photographs 1986-2001 (DX-966)


British Film Institute, Special Collections, 21 Stephen Street, London, Greater London WIT 1LN, England.

John Baxter, film director, producer and writer: misc papers rel to film productions 1934-1953

Katrin Cartlidge, actress: papers rel to film productions 1985-2002

Lindy Hemming, costume designer: scripts and papers 1983-2005

Bluey Hill, Australian film director and producer: production papers 1944-1986

Bob Jordan, cameraman: scripts 1963-1972

Joan Morgan, actress, playwright and novelist: papers relating to film productions c1915-1999

Edna Purviance, actress: misc personal papers 1919-1938

Kevin Whately, actor: scripts and papers 1978-2005

Electric Pictures, film distributor, London: press cuttings and publicity material 1980-1997

British Library, Manuscript Collections, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB, England Michel Jacques Saint-Denis, actor, director, drama teacher: additional corresp and papers (Add 81091-81276)

British Library, Music Collections, 96 Euston Road, London, Greater London NW1 2DN, England

Clara Butt, Dame, singer: letters to May Thompson c1900-36 (2005/13)

National Library of Scotland, Manuscript Collections, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH1 1EW, Scotland

Michael Aiken Elder, playwright: scripts of Take the High Road 1987-97 (Acc. 12469)

National Archives of Scotland, HM General Register House, Edinburgh EH1 3YY, Scotland

Edinburgh Civil Service Dramatic Society: records 1931-2005 (GD1/1366)

National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2, Ireland

Tom MacIntyre, poet, playwright: corresp, diaries, literary drafts, photographs c2001-04 (Acc. 6315)

Dermot Bolger, novelist, playwright, poet: drafts of poems, novels, plays and radio scripts, corresp 1980-2001 (Acc. 6249)

Padraic Colum, poet and playwright: letters to Avrahm Yarmolinsky and Babette Deutsch 1923-57 (Ms 41, 557 (1-3)

George Bernard Shaw, author and playwright: typescript of The King, the

Constitution, and the Lady with ms alterations 1936 (Acc. 6239)

Irish PEN (poets, playwrights, editors, essayists and novelists): corresp, minute books and reports 1935-94 (Acc. 6328)

Liam Mac Uistin (b. 1938), Irish playwright: papers, corresp, ms of plays and stories c 1975-2005 (Acc. 6298)

National Library of Wales: Department of Collection Services, Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire SY23 3BU, Wales

George Emlyn Williams, playwright and actor: papers incl corresp and photographs (NLW ex 2395)


BBC Written Archives Centre, Caversham Park, Reading, Berkshire RG4 8TZ, England

British Broadcasting Corporation: Midlands Region: scripts for radio plays incl pilot episodes (5) of the Archers 1948-51 (Deposit ID 3479)

Laban Centre for Movement and Dance Archive, Creekside, London SE8 3DZ, England

Transitions Dance Company, London: administrative and production files and photographs 1993-2005 (2005/42)

Transitions Dance Company, London: interviews taken as part of the Transitions Dance Company Oral Archive c2004-2005 (2005/18, 2005/19, 2005/21, 2005/39, 2005/40)

Transitions Dance Company, London: records, inc corresp and agendas, tel to overseas auditions 1998-2001 (2005/30)

Transitions Dance Company, London: records incl videos of performances c1990-2005 (2005/1, 2005/8, 2005/9, 2005/15)

Laban Centre for Movement and Dance (formerly Art of Movement Studio), London: records rel to the launch of the new Creekside building, incl corresp, papers, agendas, plans, programmes and audio and video recordings c.2003 (2005/33/1-2)

2 scrapbooks of costume design drawings, additions to the Peter Williams collection (2005/4/1-2)


Aberdeen University, Special Libraries and Archives, Historic Collections, King's College, Aberdeen AB24 3SW, Scotland

Harry Gordon, comedian: scripts and papers 20th cent

Birmingham University Information Services, Special Collections Department, Main Library, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, England

George Hunter, writer on the history of drama: corresp and papers rel to his published book English Drama 1586-1642: the age of Shakespeare c1990-2000 (DSH26) Norman Painting (b. 1924), actor and scriptwriter: papers rel to his education and career, inc his work on the radio serial The Archers 20th cent (MS200)

Borthwick Institute for Archives, University of York, Heslington, York Y010 5DD, England

Julia Pascal, Writer and Stage Director: papers incl scripts, reviews and research notes 1984-2003 (JP)

David Storey, Novelist and Playwright: papers (2/2005)

Charles Wood, film, television and theatre writer: records incl scripts, research notes and corresp (3/2005)

Bristol University: Theatre Collection, Department of Drama, Cantocks Close, Bristol BS8 1UP, England

Joan Jefferson Farjeon, theatre designer: costume and set designs, notebooks (2005/0048)

George Rowell, theatre historian: papers (2005/0026)

Glynne Wickham, professor of drama: literary and academic papers (2005/0021)

Old Vic Theatre, London: John Garside's accounts for sets and costumes 1924-1927 (2005/0068)

Women's Theatre Collections: additional playscripts (2005/0008, 2005/0076, 2005/0092)

Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives, West Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB3 9DR, England

Freda Collins, author and playwright: corresp and papers rel to religious drama 1939-60 (MS Add. 9712)

Edward Rose, playwright (addnl): diaries and notebook 1865-1904 (MS Add. 9526 (addnl))

Dundee University Archive, Records Management and Museum Services, Tower Building, Dundee, Angus DD1 4HN, Scotland

Dundee Repertory Theatre: press cuttings, programmes, posters and promotional material, photographs 1936-2002 (2005/176)

Exeter University: Bill Douglas Centre, The Old Library, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter EX1 2RL, England

Don Boyd, film director, producer and writer: personal and business papers 19682000 (BDC 2)

Peter Cotes, actor, producer and director: personal papers and business corresp 1950-1998 (BDC 1)

Robert Dunbar, film producer, Principal of the London (International) Film School: personal and business papers 20th cent (BDC 3)

Gavrik Losey, film producer and director: business papers and production materials 20th cent (BDC 6)

James Mackay, film producer: personal and business papers 20th cent (BDC 5)

Oswald Morris, cinematographer: production and personal papers 20th cent (BDC 4)

Liverpool University: Special Collections and Archives, Sydney Jones Library, University of Liverpool, Chatham Street, Liverpool L7 7AY, England

John Owen, University of Liverpool: typescript of plays, short stories and comedies for radio written by John Owen and James Parkinson 1955-2003 (D.947)

Manchester University: John Rylands Library, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PP, England

Frederick Robert Donat, actor: corresp from Robert and Ella Donat to Robert Donat's family in North America c1910-1950 (Acc 2005/003)

Holloway's Portable Theatre, Lancashire: manuscript playscripts and other records 1800-2000 (Acc 2005/015)

Oxford University: St Antony's College: Middle East Centre Archive, St Antony's College, Oxford OX2 6JF

Brian Lapping Associates Ltd, film makers: post-production script of documentary Israel and the Arabs: the Elusive Peace, with transcripts of interviews with leading participants 2002-05 (0383)

Southampton University Library, Highfield, Southampton, Hampshire S017 1BJ, England

David Kossoff, actor: papers rel to his screen and stage acting, performance of one-man shows and publications on the reinterpretation of Biblical stories c1960-99 (MS 348)

Keith Rose, acoustician: papers inc material on sound insulation at television studios 1953-94 (MS 342)

University of Westminster Archives, Archives Services ISLS, 4-12 Little Titchfield Street, London W1W 7UW, England

Leslie William Bailey, script writer: corresp, scripts and newspaper cuttings 1910-1957 (DC BAI)

University of Wales Bangor, Archives Department, Gwynedd LL57 2DG, Wales

Francis George Fisher, teacher and theatre organiser: scripts 1934-1959 (B-2005-1)

John Roberts Williams, journalist, film director and writer: BBC scripts 1981-1995 (A2005-3)

University of Wales Swansea, Archives, Library and Information Services, Singleton Park, Swansea, Glamorgan SA2 8PP, Wales

Richard Burton, stage and film actor: papers incl diaries, corresp, photographs and film scripts 1940-1984 (2005/14)

Alun Richards, novelist and playwright: plays, novels, articles and tapes 1929-2004 (2005/21)

The National Archives: Historical Manuscripts Commission (TNA-HMC), in its annual Accessions to Repositories exercise, collects information from over two hundred record repositories throughout the British Isles about manuscript accessions received in the previous twelve months. The information is then edited and used to produce a number of thematic digests which are distributed for publication in a number of learned journals and newsletters, as well as being made available in full on TNA's website (

The information is also added to the indexes of the National Register of Archives (NRA), the central point for collecting and disseminating information about the location of manuscript sources relating to British history outside the public records. The NRA, which currently contains over 44,000 lists and catalogues of archives, can be consulted at the National Archives, Kew, Richmond, TW9 4DU. Alternatively, searchers may access the indexes to the NRA and certain linked-on-line catalogues via the website. Limited and specific enquiries can be dealt with by post, or email (

Readers should note that dates for records in this digest are given when known, but that these are covering dates which do not necessarily indicate the presence of records for all intervening years. Records have been included in the digest regardless of whether the deposit has yet been fully catalogued, and readers are advised to check with the relevant repository as to whether this, or any other factors, may prohibit access to the documents.
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Date:Oct 1, 2006
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