Visiting us

*COVID-19 UPDATE: 19th July 2021*

The University of Bristol Theatre Collection is reopening to researchers and we are excited to welcome you back to our reading room! Please see below for details about making an appointment, registering as a researcher, what to expect on your visit and more. 

In order to reopen our reading room safely we have worked closely with colleagues in Safety and Health and with colleagues across the museums, archives and libraries sector to ensure we are meeting our institutional and sector standards and policies. The Theatre Collection remains open to all.  However, to keep all our visitors and staff safe we have made some changes to our services and facilities and are now operating an appointment only service within reduced hours. 

The reading room and exhibition area will be open by advanced booking only.  

New opening hours: 

Monday: Closed 

Tuesday:10.00-12.30 and 1.30-4.00 

Wednesday: 10.00-12.30 and 1.30-4.00 

Thursday: 10.00-12.30 and 1.30-4.00 

Friday: 10.00-12.30 and 1.30-4.00 

Our opening hours are subject to change in line with government safety advice and in line with procedures set by the University of Bristol. 

Getting started: 

For all enquiries please email in the first instance. We can assist you remotely with copying and basic research enquiries, subject to copyright, permissions and staff availability. If you would prefer to visit the Theatre Collection to undertake more extensive research, please let us know and we can help you to book an appointment, confirm dates and times and take request to view materials, including books from our reference library. Unfortunately, due to space restrictions and social distancing, it is not possible to browse our library, but all our books are listed on the University of Library catalogue at 

Please note the reading room will be open by advanced booking only. 

Due to space restrictions we are only able to welcome two readers into our reading room at one time and unfortunately may not always be able to fulfil your request. We would recommend that you contact us to check booking availability before making travel arrangements and that you contact us at least seven days before you intend to visit. 

Reading Room Guidelines 2021 (PDF, 358kB)

Retrieval requests: 

Due to staffing limitations we require all appointments and requests for materials to be registered with a member of staff by Thursday 5pm for the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday sessions of the following week. We regret that any requests made after this time cannot be fulfilled. If requested items are held at our off-site store, please note that it may take longer for them to be retrieved. Staff will be able to advise on how long retrievals will take when making your booking 


If you would like to visit out exhibition please email to make an appointment. We can accomodate two visitors to the exhibition at one time, unless you are part of a bubble when the visiting group may be as many as six people. Please note that all visits to the exhibition are by appointment only. 

Entrance to the Theatre Collection is free, although we do welcome donations 

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Frequently asked questions

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How to find us

Our publicly accessible entrance is located on Park Row:

University of Bristol Theatre Collection
Faculty of Arts
Vandyck Building
21 Park Row

Opposite the Trenchard Street multi-storey car park

Our entrance is clearly signed, with blue railings outside. Please ring the buzzer for entry (the doors are automatic, so please do not push).

Find us on the University Google map.

Travel information

Find out how to get to the University.

The University of Bristol encourages all visitors to travel by a sustainable mode of transport when attending meetings or conferences.


Looking to stay overnight? Read more about where to stay.

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