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Special Collections & Archives

Research appointments can be made to view archive materials in the Learning Resource Centre, which is fully accessible. To make a booking to use the archive or to ask for more information about the collections please contact

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Rose Bruford College’s collections were established in the wake of the Fall of the Wall in East Berlin where the new liberalisation in Russia and Eastern Europe made available a key collection of Stanislavski’s work. Jean Benedetti, the college’s then Principal, brought it to Sidcup, where it has become the core of a fascinating range of material across the performing arts. The material has been gifted or loaned by individual theatre practitioners, writers, critics, companies and organisations. The collections include books and pamphlets, rare photographs, posters, scripts, correspondence, lighting plots, programmes, documents, digital items and audio-visual materials.

The archive has particularly strong holdings in Stanislavski and Russian theatre, theatre for young audiences, LGBTQ theatre, lighting design, new writing, Kathakali dance drama, and voice and speech.

The collections are used in teaching and learning by staff and students within the college and in research and practice research across the higher education sector and in the general theatre profession. They are also open to the public.

Through the college’s Research Office there is a strong focus on activating the archive by creating access to and interpretative resources around the collections and building engagement with it. A particular interest is in using the archive material as a stimulus to the creation of new dramatic work in response to it. The college is particularly keen to encourage the use of the collections relating to theatre for young people.

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