Project: Bristol Old Vic Heritage Lottery Fund10 December 2015The Theatre Collection is working closely with the Bristol Old Vic on their Heritage Lottery Funded project which will help mark the 250th anniversary of the theatre. In the autumn the Bristol Old Vic was awarded a £220,500 grant to develop plans to bring its theatrical heritage to life.
Messel Magic Comes to Bristol21 July 2015The personal archive of one of the twentieth century’s foremost theatrical designers, Oliver Messel (1904-1978) has been acquired by the University of Bristol Theatre Collection, thanks to a generous grant of £80,000 from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF). The NHMF grant was bolstered by generous support from alumni, friends, and charitable foundations to help meet the £100,000 purchase price.
Old Vic silver tickets come home to Bristol26 June 2015Four silver tokens issued to shareholders and a supporter who assisted in the founding of Bristol Theatre Royal (now Bristol Old Vic) in 1766 were donated to the Theatre Collection this week by eighty-three-year-old Geraldine Menez, whose great-grandfather, Henry Augustine Forse, was involved in the re-modelling of the theatre in 1902.