Civilisations

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 […]

Catalogue update, December 2017

Friday December 22 2017

There comes a time in any festive season when people get the urge to steal away for some quiet time alone. Just in time for peaceful browsing with a mince pie, the BPF archive and library has updated its online catalogue and released some 6,000 new catalogue records into the public domain. Included in this […]

English Opera Group Archive update

Thursday December 21 2017

Cataloguing work progresses on the English Opera Group archive The archive of the English Opera Group, later the English Music Theatre Company, is extensive, providing information on most of the operas produced and people involved, throughout the Group’s history from 1946 to 1981. The Group’s aim was to create and establish a living English opera […]

July 2017 Object of the Month

Thursday July 6 2017

Every month, a member of staff from the Britten-Pears Foundation chooses their favourite item or object from the collections. This month Company Secretary Amanda Arnold selects the Noye’s Fludde display of memorabilia in The Gallery: ‘Around 1966, in my second year at secondary school, I took part in my first major musical event, a staged production […]

June 2017 Object of the Month

Saturday June 17 2017

Every month, a member of staff from the Britten-Pears Foundation chooses their favourite item or object from the archive. This month features Archivist Judith Ratcliffe who chose a set model for the 1965 production of Britten’s opera for children The Little Sweep, designed by Terence Emery. “This item relates to the stage history of Britten’s […]

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