Study Day

Mercury Theatre hosts Association of Performing Arts Collections Study Day on the theme of Celebrating Anniversaries.

With speakers from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the National Theatre, Southbank Centre, Tyne Theatre & Opera House, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and more, the Study Day brings together individuals from arts and heritage organisations to share experiences, best practice, and industry developments.

On Wednesday 13 September, the Mercury Theatre hosts the 2017 Association of Performing Arts Collections (APAC) Study Day. Previously hosted by The Lowry Salford, the V&A Archive, Bristol Old Vic and University of Bristol Theatre Collection, the day brings together individuals from public museums, archives, and libraries; performing companies; universities; theatres; as well as members of the public; to share news of ongoing projects and to invite discussion on a theme.

This year, as the Mercury celebrates 80 years since the formation of its Repertory Company and 45 years since the building opened on its present site, it is fitting that the theme is Celebrating Anniversaries. The Mercury is in the midst of its own archive project, Mercury Voices, and the project managers, Claire Driver and Laura Davison, will be speaking about the project and sharing some of the discoveries they have made about the theatre’s past.

Claire Driver, Project Manager, said:

“We made contact with APAC early on in the Mercury Voices project as a way of networking with other people working in theatre archives around the country. They have been an invaluable source of support and information, and we’re especially grateful to have attended one of their meetings and toured the V&A Theatre Collection, which was amazing! It’s exciting to now be hosting an event at the Mercury, sharing our progress and learning about the experiences of other organisations, and I hope many people will join us to see the fascinating materials we’ve uncovered at the Mercury, and to hear about the work of others further afield.”

Running from 10:30am to 3:30pm, the itinerary also includes a welcome from the APAC Chair, Erin Lee and the Mercury’s Executive Director Steve Mannix, as well as a talk by Anna Jarvis, First World War Centenary and Anniversaries Adviser at Heritage Lottery Fund. In addition, Alan Jones, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Performing Arts Librarian for Drama, Dance, Production and Film, will be speaking about the 170th Anniversary of the Conservatoire. The afternoon session sees a panel discussion on previous and upcoming anniversary projects with representatives from the Mercury Theatre, the National Theatre, Southbank Centre, and Tyne Theatre & Opera House.

Erin Lee, Chair of APAC said:

“The Mercury Theatre is one of our newer members and we are thrilled to have our first visit to Colchester. Learning about the Mercury Voices project will be invaluable for anyone planning to celebrate an anniversary or run a significant archive or oral history project in the near future.”

For more information, a full itinerary is available on the APAC website, and to book tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite Attendance is free to APAC members, and £15 for non-members. Lunch is provided.