Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

RADA Archive

To create the first RADA Archive of theatrical artefacts and sound recordings established since 1904 and to cover the costs of an archivist for two years to enable this wealth of information to be made available to scholars and other interested parties.

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RADA has collected a substantial and valuable archive of theatrical artefacts since its inception in 1904. It also has a huge wealth of sound recordings of students who have since become eminent actors including John Gielgud, Richard Attenborough and many others. This wealth of information currently sits in inadequate and damp storage totally inaccessible and in danger of permanent damage. We would like to hire a part-time archivist for two years to sort, catalogue and display the archive to make it available not only to RADA students and alumni but also scholars and other interested parties. We would like to convert an existing room within RADA's premises in central London to house the archive in appropriate conditions The costs would be in the region of £100,000 for a two-year project to cover a part-time archivist and the appropriate storage, cataloguing and display facilities.