Photographers

Below are photographic archives in our collection, divided into photographers and other collections which have a stong photographic component. This is a non-exhaustive list, and more can be found by exploring our catalogue via the advanced search option.

Photographer CollectionsDescription
Balmer, Derek Negatives of black and white photographic prints from Bristol Old Vic productions c.1963 - 1985 taken by Derek Balmer, the Bristol Old Vic's in-house photographer.
Crosswaite, David Photographs of UK theatres and productions from the estate of architectural photographer David Crosswaite (d. 2014).
Vickers, John The archive of photographer John Vickers (1916 - 1976) comprises approximately 21,000 prints; 16,500 glass plate negatives; 20,000 film negatives; 18,000 slides as well as business and personal records 25 boxes of manuscripts, photographic and theatre-related material.
Collections with a Photographic ElementDescription
Core Theatre Collections This is a grouping of artificial collections, organised by format (design, programme, costume etc), historically used to catalogue small groups of archival and reference material donated to the Theatre Collection via various channels. They include designs, programmes, correspondence, photographs, slides and ephemera.
Mander & Mitchenson Raymond Mander and Joe Mitchenson started collecting theatrical material in the 1930s. They later established a trust and became an independent charity, which continued to care for and add to the collection even after their deaths. The M&M collection was one of the three largest theatre history archives in the country when it was legally transferred in its entirety to the University of Bristol Theatre Collection in December 2010.
Perry, John This collection relates to the life and career of the actor, producer and writer John Perry (1906 - 1995). Composed of 12 photographs albums with mainly private photos of house parties and holidays, some production photos.
Roe, Frances The archive of Frances Roe, Costume (Wardrobe) Supervisor at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford for 26 years. Included is material she collected during her work there and at other venues such as the London Old Vic / Coventry Theatre / Marighy Theatre, Paris.
Southern, Richard Richard Southern (1903 - 1989) was a theatre designer, academic, researcher and prolific collector. His collection is an important visual resource, particularly strong in the areas of theatre architecture and backstage information, including plans, photographs, cuttings, as well as scenery and costume. 
Tanitch, Robert - Collection of Regional Theatres material Robert Tanitch is a British writer, lecturer, critic and former education projects director at the London Old Vic. This is his collection of papers concerning British regional theatre buildings (not productions) provided by their own respective press offices.
Tessler, Jeff - Collection of Panto Backcloth Photographs A collection of photographs of 20th century Pantomime backcloths / stagings collected by enthusiast Jeff Tessler.
Wickham, Glynne Professor Glynne Wickham (1922 - 2004) was a senior member of the Bristol University Drama Department from 1948 - 2002, and an internationally renowned scholar in the field of medieval drama. His impressive knowledge of Shakespearean and Jacobean stage led to his acting as consultant on the Bankside Globe project. This archive reflects his research, work and interests and includes his designs for costumes and scenery.
Winter, Michael - Collection of Bournemouth Theatre Company material Collection of items largely from the Bournemouth Theatre Company as collected by British theatre director Michael Winter, active c.1967 - 2003. Includes designs by Richard Pickett for The Misanthrope and production photographs 1967 - 1970.
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