Mapping the archives: 5

Anthony Jackson

This is the fifth instalment of Research in Drama Education (RiDE)’s occasional series of short informational pieces on archives in the field of drama and theatre education and applied theatre and performance. Each instalment includes summaries of one or more collections of significant material in the field. This cumulative directory of archival resources, updated as and when necessary, will provide an ongoing resource for researchers, teachers, students and practitioners. The aim is to include not only the established, fully catalogued and well-known collections, but also the lesser known, possibly quite small and ‘emergent’ collections (e.g. those which exist in one location but have yet to be systematically catalogued), and significant collections contained within larger archives. This instalment contains information on the Kees Epskamp archive at Winchester, and on two theatre in education (TIE) company records at Manchester (Pit Prop Theatre and Tiebreak), and a ‘work in progress’ report from colleagues in Australia. The latter piece usefully reminds us of the importance of placing archive collection, preservation and access firmly on the applied theatre agenda.

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