Collection update: August 2018

Collection update: August 2018

Thursday August 30 2018

Summer is the busiest time for visitors at The Red House, and the archive plays its full part in this, having hosted several hundred visitors in the weeks since the Aldeburgh Festival in June. However, we still find time for behind-the-scenes activity as well: cataloguing is constantly going on, to surface more and more of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

November 2017 Object of the Month

Monday November 6 2017

Every month, a member of staff from the Britten-Pears Foundation choose their favourite item or object from the collections. This month Head of Archive and Library Dr Christopher Hilton talks about his personal connection to Britten’s photograph of the composer Frank Bridge. ‘One photograph stands on the bookshelf in Britten’s studio: Frank Bridge peers out […]

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