I am very pleased to announce that blog readers will be amongst the first to be able to view our online catalogue to the Sadler's Wells Theatre Archive collection, which went live a few days ago.
The catalogue is being hosted on the Archives Hub, which also details other special collections held at Islington Local History Centre. The contents of the Sadler's Wells catalogue will be added to on a weekly basis. While the bulk of the collection is recorded to sub-series and, in many parts, file level, we are working towards listing all material to at least file level and, where practical, item level.
N.B: Be sure to access the 'detailed description' for full information.
Publication of the catalogue will, for the first time, give researchers the opportunity to see the large variety of material housed in the collection. Some of our previous blogs have highlighted a few of the treasures discovered while sorting and listing, as well as some of the more unusual items that have surfaced after being hidden for many years and, in some cases, centuries. Now, a greater overview is available.
Complimenting the launch of the online catalogue, from 10 September until 20 October 2012, Islington Local History Centre is hosting a display about the newly catalogued collection. It will also showcase material from the collection, including our earliest item - a rather gruesome murder notice - dating to 1712; this was featured in an earlier blog. More details about the display will appear in our next blog.
So, please feel free to peruse the catalogue and do visit regularly to view new content.