Designers

This is a non-exhaustive list of designers (set, costume, posters etc) in our collection, and more can be found by exploring our catalogue via the advanced search option.

CollectionDescription
Adron, Ralph The archive of the theatre designer Ralph Adron (b. 1937), active mainly in the UK from the 1950s to the 1980s.
Archer, Robin The archive of the theatre designer Robin Archer, who worked predominately with English touring theatre companies from 1961 - 1981.
Barlow, Graham The design archive of the Theatre Designer Graham Barlow (d. 2003) from his time at the Bristol Old Vic, and academic archive from his time spent teaching in Bristol and Glasgow.
Bird, Richard A collection of work by theatrical graphic designer Richard "Dickie" Bird (1948 - 1993). Includes an extensive collection of 130 of Bird's posters from the National Theatre in the 1970s and 1980s.
Clancy, Deirdre Archive of the theatre and film costume designer Deirdre Clancy (Deirdre Clancy Steer). Since the late 1960s she has worked with The National Theatre and The Royal Shakespeare Company, and internationally.
Cockayne, David Design archive of the British Theatre Designer David Cockayne. Since the 1960s he has worked with Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Liverpool Playhouse, Greenwich Theatre, Theatr Clwyd and Manchester Library Theatre.
Craig, (Edward Henry) Gordon This is an artificial collection of artworks by, and items related to, Edward Gordon Craig (1872 - 1966) actor, designer, director, and theoretician of the early 20th century European stage.
Crooke, Frederick Collection of original theatre designs, prompt books, correspondence, production photographs and ephemera once belonging to designer and tutor Frederick Crooke (1908 - 1991) illustrating his work for London Old Vic, Sadler's Wells and touring productions.
Elvery, John The John Elvery (1939 - 1997) Collection contains original artwork for costume and set designs, set models, production and personal papers. Elvery was the Head of Design at Bristol Old Vic from 1972 to 1986.
Farnsworth, Paul Archive of Paul Farnsworth, set and costume designer. Active from the late 1980s to present day, his credits include major West End productions. Collection includes designs, technical drawings, show paperwork, correspondence and cassette tapes.
Hutchinson-Scott, J. Small collection of materials related to the theatre designer J. Hutchinson-Scott (1924 - 1977), including programmes, scripts, journals, cuttings and c.1950s set designs from the Bristol Theatre Royal (Old Vic).
Knight, Michael Michael Knight (d. 1978) was a designer who worked on operas, theatres, cinemas and cabarets, and produced a substantial body of work abroad on the Paris Lido, The Stardust Hotel, Las Vegas and the MGM Hotel, Hollywood. 
Lambourne, Norah Norah Lambourne was an artist and theatre designer who worked on the set and costumes for the revived York Mystery Play cycle in 1951 - 1957.
Messel, Oliver Oliver Messel (1904 - 1978), was a major theatre, ballet and film designer of the first half of the twentieth century. This collection contains correspondence and material relating to his professional commissions as well as sketches and photographs relating to his architectural commissions after 1966.
Motley School This small collection of materials related to the Motley School of designers. It also holds a selection of papers donated by a relative of Motley co-founder Margaret "Percy" Harris sourcing from her later life.
Norris, Herbert Small collection of material collected by the actor, costume designer, architect and archaeologist Herbert Norris (c.1875 - 1950). Includes costume designs, postcards and photographs, and a scrapbook relating to his daughter, ballet dancer Lillian Norris.
Robertson, Patrick and Vercoe, Rosemary The archive of husband and wife theatre design team Patrick Robertson (1922 - 2009) and Rosemary Vercoe (1917 - 2013) who worked with the Bristol Old Vic, Royal Shakespeare Company and English National Opera, among others.
Scott-Plummer, Caroline Caroline Scott-Plummer / Caroline Barker-Mill (1909 - 2007) was a theatre designer for Repertory Theatre in the 1930s and 1940s. This design archive of her work includes set models, photo album, programmes, reviews etc.
Simmons, B. J. & Company Collection of 30 costume designs by B. J. Simmons & company, mostly for a production of The Balkan Princess (1910).
Smyth, Owen Paul Archive of the theatre designer, landscape painter, actor and theatre manager Owen Paul Smyth (1895 - 1979), who worked in Norwich and at the London Old Vic. 
Sonnabend, Yolanda The archive of theatre / ballet designer and painter Yolanda Sonnabend (1935 - 2015). Includes designs, set model pieces, portfolios, sketch books containing sketches, notes, reference material and photographs.
Stone, Alix A collection of 72 costume and set designs by British theatre designer and artist Alix Stone (1913 - 2010), from her designs for Tobias and the Angel at the Bristol Old Vic in 1947 through to more recent work in the 1980s.
Tagg, Alan Archive of British theatre designer Alan Tagg (1928 - 2002). Consists of original theatre designs, set models, set notes, prop lists, stage plots, programmes and correspondence. Includes his designs for John Osborne's Look Back in Anger (1956) and The Entertainer (1957).
Trevelyan Oman, Julia Julia Trevelyan Oman (1930 - 2003) was one of the most highly-rated British theatre, opera and ballet designers of her day. Alongside finished designs, available to view are all her research notes and photographs.
Walker, David Archive of the prominent English theatre designer David Walker (1934 - 2008). The collection is composed of David Walker designs and his personal collection of designs given to him by other designers.
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