Posted on 08/10/2012
Royal Holloway celebrates the launch of The Roy Waters Theatre Collection with a special programme of events this month.
The Roy Waters Theatre Collection at Royal Holloway includes an impressive array of theatrical ephemera amassed over forty years by the former teacher and school inspector Roy Waters (1928-2010). The collection provides a fascinating insight into theatrical entertainment through the interests of a private collector. With a particular emphasis on well known actors, actresses and dramatists, the collection vividly illustrates their careers via autograph letters, programmes, playbills, photographs, news cuttings, prints and artefacts, ranging from the eighteenth to the twenty first century. We also hold Roy Waters’ personal papers, providing insight into the man behind the ephemera.
The material, eclectic and varied as it is, can be brought together to tell a compelling story about the relationship between theatre and the society in which it operates. Highlights include letters from Oscar Wilde and Charles Dickens, a Samuel de Wilde painting of Stephen Kemble as Falstaff, and almost four hundred pieces of sheet music, including songs performed by the actress, singer and theatre manager, Madame Vestris.
Programme of Events
8 – 19th October: An exhibition of material from the Collection in the Archives
Founder’s Library and Windsor Building foyer,
Monday 15th October: Workshop event (2-3pm limited numbers only)
Archives Reading Room, Founder’s Library
Visit the Archives of Royal Holloway for a hands-on workshop with original material from the Roy Waters Theatre Collection. The items will be selected to demonstrate the wealth of material and its potential to challenge and inform our ways of thinking about theatre, history and performance.
This session will include guidance on undertaking archival research using examples from Roy’s collection.
Tuesday 16th October Workshop event: 4-5pm
Windsor Seminar Room 0-02/03, Windsor Building
Visit the Archives of Royal Holloway for a hands-on session with original material from the Roy Waters Theatre Collection. The items will be selected to demonstrate the wealth of material and its potential to challenge and inform our ways of thinking about theatre, history and performance.
This workshop is recommended for those attending the evening reception, as it will provide an opportunity for hands on engagement with the collection, with the variety of items available to include letters, playbills, newspapers, prints and photographs.
Evening reception 6-7pm
Presentations by the collection archivist, Adele Allen, the supervisor of the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award (with the Victoria & Albert Museum), Gilli Bush Bailey, and David Robinson, British film critic, author and friend of Roy Waters.
Drinks reception including the opportunity to view the exhibition and discuss the collection with the speakers.
To find out more visit the Archives at www.rhul.ac.uk/archives/roywaterstheatrecollectionlaunchevent.aspx