Box of Delights: August 2018

Box of Delights: August 2018

Thursday August 16 2018

During the open season at the Red House the Britten-Pears Foundation’s Archive is open to the public. Once a month we select a box of interesting items from our collection to show drop in visitors, known affectionately as the Box of Delights. Anyone is welcome to see this box in the Archive between 1pm and […]

Box of Delights: July 2018

Thursday July 12 2018

During the open season at the Red House the Britten-Pears Foundation’s Archive is open to the public. Once a month we select a box of interesting items from our collection to show drop in visitors, known affectionately as the Box of Delights. Anyone is welcome to see this box in the Archive between 1pm and […]

Archiving the Nancy Evans and Eric Crozier collection

Thursday June 28 2018

Last month, I had the great privilege of joining the Britten-Pears Foundation team for a fortnight, undertaking a two-week cataloguing placement as the culmination of my Diploma in Archives and Records Management. Back in the early 1990s my then landlady introduced me to Britten’s music and I have been broadening my knowledge of it ever […]

Rita Thomson, nurse to Benjamin Britten

Saturday May 12 2018

‘Well, if you don’t take this [honour], I’ll never speak to you again!’ Rita Thomson’s response to Benjamin Britten’s slight diffidence about the offer of a life peerage, providing him with the title Baron Britten of Aldeburgh, in the County of Suffolk, in the early summer of 1976 was typically direct but undoubtedly tongue-in-cheek. The […]

Box of Delights: May 2018

Wednesday May 9 2018

During the open season at The Red House the Britten-Pears Foundation’s Archive is open to the public. Once a month we select a box of interesting items from our collection to show drop in visitors, known affectionately as the Box of Delights. Anyone is welcome to see this box in the Archive, 1-5pm Tuesday to […]

Thousands of archive records now available

Wednesday April 25 2018

A major part of any archive’s work is cataloguing. With hundreds of thousands of individual items, most archives catalogue to a very high level so they have an overview of their holdings, and then start work cataloguing important elements of their collection in more detail. Since December, the Archive team and our indefatigable volunteers have […]

The Box of Delights

Thursday April 12 2018

The Britten-Pears Foundation’s Archive recently opened to drop-in visitors from 1-5pm Tuesday–Friday. Before this we were only open to researchers by prior appointment; now, we welcome anyone on site to drop in, have a look around our award-winning building, browse our books, and, if they’re interested, see a special box of items in our Reading […]

Composition what?

Tuesday March 6 2018

We recently made publicly available over 2,400 records relating to Britten’s music manuscripts. This means our online catalogue will now give you information about the manuscript materials we hold for almost all of the pieces Britten composed in his lifetime. If you browse the collection you may notice some terminology you’re not familiar with. We hold […]

Civilisations

Tuesday March 6 2018

Fifty years ago, in 1968, Kenneth Clark made his ground-breaking Civilisation series for BBC2: a ‘personal view’ of western arts that set a template for large-scale television surveys of knowledge. ‘What is civilisation?’ asks Clark in the opening moments of the series. He is, he confesses, unable to define in abstract terms ‘all the life-giving […]

Mapping Britten’s worlds

Wednesday February 21 2018

The theme of this year’s LGBT History Month is ‘Geography: Mapping the World’. As a contribution to this, on the 16 February the Foundation staged a small pop-up exhibition in the archive, exploring the geographies of Britten and Pears’ lives: the home they made for themselves, enmeshing themselves deeply with this part of Suffolk, and the places […]

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