The Theatres Trust

Library & Archives

In January 2010 we opened our new Resource Centre on the first floor of 22 Charing Cross Road. This houses our special collections, library and archive and provides dedicated spaces to access these.

Accessing our Archive, Special Collections and Reference Library

Access to the Resource Centre is by appointment, Monday-Friday from 10am-4.30pm.

Find out more about our resources, download our Guide to using Theatres Trust Resources and the Resource Centre (PDF).

Archive Resources

Download our London theatres architectural plans catalogue as an excel or PDF file.

Download our regional theatres architectural plans catalogue as an excel or PDF file.

View our donated special collections on archives hub.

Explore some of our archives on Google Cultural Institute.

(Please note only a small amount of the archive has been catalogued. Please contact us if you can’t find what you are looking for.)

Library Resources

Theatres Trust’s specialist Reference Library holds over 1500 books and focuses on theatre buildings and their history, architecture, design, and operation. We also look after the Library of the Association of British Theatre Technicians.

Find out more about our Reference Library and how to use it. Look at the books in our Library Catalogue (Excel)

For more information or to arrange access please contact the Records Officer

Open up! Archive Project 2016

HLF small logo From 08 to 26 August, Theatres Trust ran its second annual internship, thanks to a Sharing Heritage Grant form the Heritage Lottery Fund. Five interns joined us for three weeks to help us catalogue our architectural drawings of Regional Theatres, and created the Trust’s first ever online exhibit through the Google Cultural Institute. Find out more about Open up!

Summer Archive Project 2015

From 29 July to 19 August 2015, The Theatres Trust ran its first Summer Internship. This year, our focus was on improving access to The Theatres Trust’s archive of architectural plans of theatre buildings. The result was a publically accessible catalogue of our London theatre plans, which can be found above. Find out more about the Summer Archive Project.

Thanks to Corporate Supporters Nederlander International and ETC for their support of the Summer Archive Project.

Resource Centre Benefactors

We are very grateful to the following organisations and individuals who have provided financial support for the Resource Centre. Without their support we would be unable to provide these facilities.

We welcome all offers of support for the Resource Centre. To find out how you can help please contact Jon Morgan.

Resource Centre Major Donors
Ambassador Theatre Group

Resource Centre Donors
Clay Paky
White Light

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

Library Book Donations
Save London’s Theatres Campaign
Entertainment Technology Press
Catherine Comerford
G. Laurence Harbottle
Brian Legge

Founder Benefactors
James Nederlander
The Mackintosh Foundation
Matthew Rooke
Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen
The Stage

We are grateful to The Wolfson Foundation for its generous support of the Resource Centre in 2011.

The Theatres Trust

22 Charing Cross Road
London WC2H 0QL

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