Arts Council of Great Britain: records, 1928-1997


Series description

Series title: Drama Department: Policy and Information Files, 1929-1994
Reference: ACGB/43
Extent: 327 folders and 7 volumes

Context

The Drama Department was mainly responsible for administering grants to and assessing the work of the Council's revenue and annual drama clients and for administering project grants and awards. It also operated the Council's schemes to encourage new writing for the theatre, which had started in 1952. From Spring 1989 the Drama Department took over responsibility for mime from Dance. In the early days of the department some direct promotion had also taken place, with the department administering its own tours of productions around the country. This practice was inherited from CEMA and was soon abandoned in 1959/60. The 1950s also saw the Drama Department interesting itself in training and this interest was formalised in the early 1970s when a number of advisory working parties and groups were formed. These parties and groups were co-ordinated by a Training Committee which reported to the Drama Panel. In 1974 however, the sphere of operations of this committee was expanded to include other art forms and hence it became directly responsible to the Arts Council itself.

Scope and content

This series contains papers relating to a wide variety of different subjects, including materials relating to the administration and policy of the Drama Department, such as the minutes and papers of the Drama Panel and the Young People's Theatre Panel. Also, it contains files relating to Drama Department dealings with other Arts Council and government departments, accounts, and the papers and reports of various working groups and enquiries. In addition, this series contains papers relating to publications and research, and miscellaneous material such as printed ephemera, which was kept for reference purposes.

The files in this series are organised into six categories (1) Arts Council Panels, Committees, and Working Groups (2) Material from other organisations and the Regional Arts Associations / Boards (3) Finance (4) Research, Development, and Training (5) Mime and Circus (6) Miscellaneous. Files within each category are arranged alphabetically.

Access

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Restrictions on access

Access to unpublished material less than 30 years old may be restricted and requests for access can take up to 20 working days to be processed. When applying for access, it is helpful if you can quote the reference number, title and covering dates of the file(s) in question. For very large requests you are advised to contact us to discuss your requirements. All requests should be sent by e-mail to archive@vam.ac.uk or by post to Victoria and Albert Museum Archives (ref. ACGB), Blythe House, 23 Blythe Road, London W14 0QX.


Detailed catalogue

Reference Description Dates
ACGB/43/13 Advisory Committee / Directorate
5 folders
1976-1981
ACGB/43/39 Arts Council of Great Britain: Report on the Four Major Grant-Aided Theatres
6 folders
1971-1972
ACGB/43/30 The Cork Report (Enquiry into Professional Drama): Evidence and Related Documents
57 folders
1981-1986
ACGB/43/58 The Cork Report: Miscellaneous Documents
1 folder
1985-1987
ACGB/43/59 The Cork Report: Responses from Theatres and Other Organisations
2 folders
1986-1987
ACGB/43/57 The Cork Report: Post Report Queries
1 folder
1987-1988
ACGB/43/55 The Cork Report II (The Wider Theatre of Tomorrow): Proposal Documents
1 folder
1987
ACGB/43/32 Designers' Committee: Technical Workshop Survey
1 folder
1967-1968
ACGB/43/49 Drama Panel: Policy Sub-Committee / Drama Finance and Policy Committee
10 folders
1963-1979
ACGB/43/5 Drama Panel: Minutes
1 volume
1946-1955
ACGB/43/1 Drama Panel: Minutes
1 volume
1955-1967
ACGB/43/3 Drama Panel: Minutes
1 volume
1967-1973
ACGB/43/2 Drama Panel: Minutes
1 volume
1973-1976
ACGB/43/4 Drama Panel: Minutes
1 volume
1976-1983
ACGB/43/6 Drama Panel: Minutes and Associated Documents
35 folders
1971-1988
ACGB/43/7 Drama Panel: Minutes and Associated Documents
6 folders
1990-1991
ACGB/43/8 Drama Panel: Minutes and Associated Documents
7 folders
1991-1995
Most of the documents in this file are from 1991-1993, with a few from 1995.
ACGB/43/45 Drama Panel Review Committee: Minutes and Associated Documents
1 folder
1979-1980
ACGB/43/54 Drama Policy: Miscellaneous Documents
1 folder
1986-1987
ACGB/43/43 Experimental Drama Committee: Minutes and Associated Documents
15 folders
1970-1976
ACGB/43/36 Experimental Drama Committee: Minutes
2 folders
1971-1975
ACGB/43/42 Experimental Projects Committee
11 folders
1971-1974
ACGB/43/52 General Memos
1 folder
1980-1984
ACGB/43/93 Housing the Arts: Committee of Enquiry
2 folders
1958-1959
ACGB/43/50 Miscellaneous Reports
2 folders
1975-1980
ACGB/43/64 National Play Script Unit
1 folder
1985-1988
ACGB/43/14 National Theatre: Working Party
4 folders
1974-1977
ACGB/43/70 Projects Committee / New Applications and Projects Committee
1 folder
1976-1983
ACGB/43/67 Projects Committee: Correspondence
1 folder
1980-1984
ACGB/43/68 Projects Committee: Internal Correspondence
1 folder
1981-1983
ACGB/43/69 Projects Committee: Minutes
1 folder
1982-1983
ACGB/43/37 Standards and Reassessment Committee / Drama Panel Review Committee: Minutes
1 folder
1976-1978
ACGB/43/24 Theatre in Liverpool: Enquiry
3 folders
1972-1974
ACGB/43/53 Theatre Provision on Merseyside: Working Party Documents
6 folders
1987-1988
ACGB/43/73 Young People's Theatre Panel: Minutes
1 volume
1967-1970
ACGB/43/35 Young People's Theatre Committee: Minutes
2 folders
1971-1975
ACGB/43/15 Abolition of Metropolitan Counties: Correspondence and Reports
2 folders
1985-1986
ACGB/43/74 Associated London Companies
1 folder
1949-1951
ACGB/43/20 Department of Education and Science: Correspondence
6 folders
1964-1977
ACGB/43/23 Department of National Heritage / Allied Organisations
1 folder
1993-1994
ACGB/43/46 International Theatre Institute: Review Body Report and Minutes
1 folder
1975
ACGB/43/48 Manchester: City of Drama Arts 2000
2 folders
1993-1994
ACGB/43/22 Ministry of Housing and Local Government: Correspondence
1 folder
1966-1968
ACGB/43/21 Office of Arts and Libraries: Correspondence
6 folders
1977-1993
ACGB/43/16 Parliamentary Liaison
1 folder
1982-1984
ACGB/43/60 Provincial Drama Schools: Report
1 folder
1965
ACGB/43/38 Regional Arts Associations / Arts Council of Great Britain: Working Group
2 folders
1978-1980
ACGB/43/92 Regional Directors: Drama Reports
1 folder
1951
ACGB/43/78 Regional Directors: Meetings
1 folder
1954-1955
ACGB/43/34 Review of Exploitation of Subsidised Theatres Product
1 folder
1979-1980
ACGB/43/27 Accounts
2 folders
1970-1976
ACGB/43/51 Applications for Funding: Correspondence
3 folders
1983-1985
ACGB/43/79 Finance: Miscellaneous
1 folder
1955
ACGB/43/29 Finance Department: Correspondence and Applications
6 folders
1978-1982
ACGB/43/62 Finance Department: Correspondence, Policies, Applications Lists
6 folders
1988-1993
ACGB/43/28 Lottery Task Force
2 folders
1992-1994
ACGB/43/72 Nominal Ledger
1 volume
1946-1963
ACGB/43/47 Sponsorship
2 folders
1981-1984
ACGB/43/26 Selective Employment Tax in the Theatre
1 folder
1967-1970
ACGB/43/25 VAT and the Arts
1 folder
1972-1975
ACGB/43/41 Arts Development Strategy: Estimates and Responses
8 folders
1983-1985
ACGB/43/75 Durham: Theatre Proposal
1 folder
1946
ACGB/43/31 Exhibitions of Theatre Designs
1 folder
1972
ACGB/43/33 Graphic Design for Theatre Posters
1 folder
1971
ACGB/43/63 Marketing Research: Correspondence
2 folders
1991-1992
ACGB/43/10 Research and Information
5 folders
1971-1978
ACGB/43/17 Society for Theatre Research
1 folder
1975-1984
ACGB/43/91 Theatre Planning Service: Correspondence
1 folder
1949-1951
ACGB/43/18 Theatre Publications: John Calder Ltd.
1 folder
1976-1981
ACGB/43/19 Theatre Publications: Theatre Quarterly / Theatrefacts
1 folder
1973-1983
ACGB/43/11 Theatre Training Opportunities: Actors and Drama Schools Working Group
1 folder
1975-1976
ACGB//43/66 Training Department
1 folder
1993-1994
ACGB/43/56 Women on Theatre Boards: Questionnaire Responses
1 folder
1987
ACGB/43/94 Circus
1 folder
1988-1994
ACGB/43/95 Circus: Fooltime
2 folders
1986-1993
ACGB/43/82 Mime: Companies
15 folders
1981-1992
Access to material in one folder may be restricted until 2040.
ACGB/43/87 Mime: Education
1 folder
1988-1993
ACGB/43/86 Mime: International
1 folder
1982-1989
ACGB/43/83 Mime: Marketing
3 folders
1985-1995
ACGB/43/88 Mime: Marketing
1 folder
1990-1993
ACGB/43/84 Mime: Regional Arts Associations / Boards
3 folders
1987-1994
ACGB/43/89 Mime: Working Party
2 folders
1987-1990
ACGB/43/65 Canadian High Commission
1 folder
1982-1986
ACGB/43/80 Commonwealth Arts Festival
7 folders
1964-1965
ACGB/43/12 DALTA: Groupvine Bulletin
1 folder
1971-1972
ACGB/43/40 Documents of Historical Interest
10 folders
1938-1971
This file includes programmes from CEMA and ACGB touring productions, reports on individual theatres, brochures and booklets.
ACGB/43/81 Drama Department: Nominations for Honours List
4 folders
1987-1996
Access to material in this file may be restricted until 2068.
ACGB/43/9 Harold Plumstead: Scheme for a Theatre Ship
2 folders
1929-1979
ACGB/43/71 List of Collected Ephemera and Programmes
1 folder
1949-1978
ACGB/43/85 List of Fixed-Term Funded Clients: Publicity
1 folder
1993-1994
ACGB/43/61 Play Scripts: Two Translated Plays for Children
1 folder
1968
ACGB/43/44 Production Diary: Othello in Polish
1 folder
1980
ACGB/43/77 Responses to the Priestly Scrutiny
1 folder
1984
ACGB/43/90 Royal Shakespeare Company: List of Season's Productions
1 folder
1992-1993
ACGB/43/76 Sir Roy Shaw: Public Relations Material
1 folder
1983-1984