Royal Holloway, University of London is delighted to invite you to the launch of the Roy Waters Theatre Collection on the 16th October. Acquired by the university in 2010, the catalogued collection will be available to external researchers from October 2012.
The material, amassed over the course of forty years by Roy Waters (1928-2010), a former teacher and school inspector, 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.
8th-19th October in the Windsor Building foyer & Archives, 3rd Floor, Founder’s Library
These offer the chance for hands-on experience with a selection of items from the collection.
Monday 15th October: 2-3pm (Archives Reading Room)
Tuesday, 16th October, 4-5pm (Windsor Building – Room O2/03)
Tuesday 16th October, Evening drinks reception, including brief talks about the collection, 6pm onwards (Windsor Building Auditorium)
Please visit the event website for more information, and to book your place at a workshop and/or our evening drinks reception.