The Theatres Trust

The Theatres Trust unveils its specialist theatre buildings Reference Library

4th April 2012

The Theatres Trust officially launches its newly catalogued 1500-strong specialist Reference Library on theatre buildings at the Trust’s Resource Centre in the heart of the West End today. The Theatres Trust has created its own specific classification system which covers 34 unique categories ranging from theatre architecture and design and the history of theatres, to set design, acoustics and theatre management.

In 2011 the Association of British Theatre Technicians Technical Theatre Book Collection came over to the Trust and through the dedicated work of staff and volunteers the new catalogue integrates the two collections along with ongoing donations and acquisitions. The cataloguing work has been led by Kate Carmichael, Resources Officer at The Theatres Trust, Jane Thornton MBE, archivist for the Association of British Theatre Technicians and Assistant Librarian Maria Sestini.

Announcing the news Mhora Samuel, Director of The Theatres Trust said, “I’m delighted to mark this occasion. It’s a real step forward in theatre building research. The cataloguing of our books means we can welcome more theatre researchers and the collection is far more accessible.”

Kate Carmichael Resources Officer said, “I am extremely thrilled about the cataloguing of our Reference Library. It will help us to manage the growing demand from researchers using our Library and complements our architectural plans and other archive collections.”

Jane Thornton said “I am pleased to have helped integrate the ABTT’s collection of Technical Theatre books into the Trust’s Reference Library; it is the ideal place for them. They will complement the Trust’s extensive collection. Now under one roof you can find not only the history of the buildings but that of the technicians whose ingenuity helped to bring the shows to life.’

The Theatres Trust’s Reference Library will be of interest to researchers, students, academics, theatre practitioners, charities, commercial firms, the press/media, and those with a personal interest in theatre building history. It is open 10.30am – 16.30 Monday to Friday. Researchers should call to discuss their needs with The Trust’s Resources Officer and book a time to access the Library. The Reference Library is located within the Trust’s Resource Centre at 22 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0QL.

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Find out more about our Reference Library and how to use it.

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Resource Centre Benefactors
The ongoing cataloguing and care of the Reference Library would not be possible without our Resource Centre Benefactors. In 2011-12 these included:

Resource Centre Major Donors
Ambassador Theatre Group

Resource Centre Donor
White Light

Resource Centre Supporters
Arts Team
JC Joel
Pauleen Lane
London Opera Glass Company
Theatre Projects

The Theatres Trust

22 Charing Cross Road
London WC2H 0QL

T 020 7836 8591
F 020 7836 3302

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