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University of Bristol Theatre Collection
Cantocks Close
Bristol, UK

Phone: (0117) 3315086

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Theatre Collection Theatre Design Collection

The Theatre Collection holds an extensive collection of original artwork and designs by some of Britain's leading theatre designers from the 19th and 20th centuries. They include costume and set designs, set models and supporting production records and photographs. Also, our library has a section of reference books on fashion and theatre design.

Besides being beautiful works of art in themselves, they are a useful reference for a student of theatre design or theatre history as they illustrate:

  • the process of the designer
  • the evolution of British theatre design
  • illustration techniques.

  • Costume Design by Wilhelm, 1884

    We hold collections for the following designers:

    We also have original examples of the work of Percy Anderson, Cecil Beaton, Sue Blane, Deidre Clancy, Bob Crowley, Ann Curtis, William Dudley, Johan Engels, Farrah, Nicholas Georgiadas, Pamela Howard, Richard Hudson, Leslie Hurry, Morris Kestleman, Tanya Moiseiwitsch, Motley, John Napier, Herbert Norris, Julia Trevelyan Oman, Paul Shelving, Owen Paul Smyth, Yolanda Sonnabend, Alix Stone, Berkeley Sutcliffe, Wilhelm and Doris Zinkeisen.

    For further information about the Theatre Collection please tel. 0117 331 5086 (daytime) or email