Kirklees Theatre Trust and the Lawrence Batley Theatre Archive Fonds
c1970s-2009This collection contains the records of the Kirklees Theatre Trust prior to the establishment of the Lawrence Batley Theatre, and after. It also contains ephemera produced by visiting musicians and production companies.
The Community Outreach section contains records relating to the audience development programme, c.2000, which aimed to increase theatre attendance from under-represented groups including black and Asian people; and records of the Friends of the Lawrence Batley Theatre.
The Estates Management series contains minutes, correspondence, drawings and contracts relating to two major capital works programmes: the initial conversion of the building into a theatre, and the redevelopment of the North Wing into better rehearsal space. There is also one document relating to the 2004 redevelopment of 6-8 Queen Street. Photographs of the conversion works can be found in KTT/PTT/1.
The Productions section contains documents which were generated during the process of drafting, developing, rehearsing and staging various in-house productions, staged between 1993 and 2002. Documents include rehearsal schedules, audition contact sheets, draft scripts and musical scores.
The Fundraising records document the efforts of the Kirklees Theatre Trust to generate additional revenue through corporate sponsorship; grants from funding bodies; and donations from individuals through the ‘name a seat’ programme, ‘Gift Aid’ donations, and other schemes (1993-2004).
The Kirklees Theatre Trust Constitution and Committees section contains records generated by the official committees of the Kirklees Theatre Trust from 1991-2000. These incomplete series document the decisions made by the Trust and other stakeholders during the conversion and afterwards. Documents generated during the early 1980s, when the ABC cinema on Market Street was considered as a potential venue to house the theatre, are also featured here.
The Artistic Directorship section contains the working files of the first artistic director, Ron McAllister. He had creative input in many of the theatre’s home-grown productions, and also played a lead role in fundraising efforts. These files reflect his varied role, and feature correspondence relating to the staging of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, bids for grant funding, and the theatre’s creative partnership with the Hudawi Cultural Centre (1996-2000).
At the time of the conversion, the Methodist Church owned the freehold to the theatre building, but the leasehold belonged to the Council. The files in the Legal Affairs series relate to the management of this lease (1989-1997).
Researchers interested in how shows, concerts and events were brought to the attention of the public may wish to consult the publicity files within the Publicity and Marketing section, which contain marketing strategies, press releases and photographs of performers. Additional, loose publicity photographs can be found within KTT/PT/1. The Publicity and Marketing series also contains posters, brochures and programmes (1994-2016).
The Project Management section contains records generated during the lottery funded project to establish an archive of the Lawrence Batley Theatre. It is in this section that the scope of the archive widens, and programmes, press cuttings and other ephemera relating to the history of theatre in Huddersfield generally, and the history of the Lawrence Batley Theatre building are included. Oral history recordings and written reminiscences on these subjects are also present.
Left Book Club Fonds
Lumb, Fred Archive Fonds
1896-1957Rugby League, Cricket and other sports memorabilia
Clapham, Michael, MP Archive Fonds
c1978-2010The archive of Michael Clapham, MP for Barnsley West and Penistone from 1992-2010. The records concern Clapham's work in parliament and in his constituency (1992-2010), as well as records that specifically relate to coal mining and the National Union of Mineworkers (c1980-2010), and records of the Barnsley West and Penistone Labour Party (1978-2006).
This collection will not be fully catalogued until Dec 2017. A basic catalogue structure and biography of Clapham have been provided to enable access to this collection until then. Please contact the Heritage Quay team if you would like to consult this archive further.
Adrian Mealing 'Ian McMillan' Memorabilia Fonds
1994-2010This collection of memorabilia held by McMillan's touring manager includes copies of his poetry and non-fiction publications. It also includes publicity material, press releases and reviews of his projects and live performances from postcards to large format advertising posters. A small and not comprehensive collection of his, audio, video and radio broadcasts is also included. This covers his career from the early 1990s until 2010 when the collection was deposited with the archive.
This collection was catalogued by Helen Bates, Archives Volunteer, in September 2014, under the guidance of Lindsay Ince, Assistant Archivist & Records Manager.
Mikron Theatre Company Archive Fonds
1963-PresentOrganisational archives relating to Mikron's activities since 1972, and related material from founder Mike Lucas' career in theatre prior to establishing Mikron. The collection includes an extensive number of Mikron original scripts, and documents Mikron's working processes as well as containing more 'finished' products like albums. Lucas' contributions to the Company as actor, writer, director, artistic director, tour manager and fundraiser from 1972-2005 are particularly well-recorded. As Mikron uniquely tours by canal narrowboat, many of their plays and often administrative material concern canal history, the restoration of Britain's canal network and issues around transportation.
The archive contains records relating to Mikron’s heritage including pre-1972 plays and other material relating to early incarnations of Mikron and Mike Lucas’ early career, material donated to Mikron by staff and supporters (particularly photographs), recordings of Mikron performances (audio and film), scrapbooks and files compiled as ‘heritage’(eg Mikron’s own digitisation projects), an oral history interview with Mike Lucas for the Unfinished Histories archive and reference material such as books, dissertations and other publications featuring Mikron. This section includes Mike Lucas’ published memoir: ‘I’d Go Back Tomorrow’ as well as books and other publications collected by Mikron as research material and for tour planning purposes.
Administrative and corporate planning records encompass Mikron Council of Management files, AGM files and annual reports and a small number of legal records. There is a substantial section of the archive containing records relating to Mikron's involvement in the running of Marsden Mechanics' Hall and events held there. This includes Marsden Mechanics Management Committee papers, Mikron at the Mechanics material, and records of the Marsden Jazz Festival (of which Mikron were joint-founders and organisers). Administrative records also include material relating to the Marsden Community Association and Marsden Business Association, general correspondence files, and records relating to the management assets and facilities, chiefly Mikron's narrowboat 'Tyseley'. Related to this are documents related to planning and managing tours, such as tour logs, Master Plans, Show Bookings files and correspondence with venues.
The archive contains material related to the function of managing Mikron's relations with its local community. This includes particularly the archive of the Mikron Youth Theatre group, as well as the records of particular education and outreach projects.
There are a substantial number of files relating to Mikron's fundraising activities, including applying for and managing grants from government and charities. This section also includes material relating to Mikron's search for, and relationships with corporate and individual sponsors. Friends of Mikron, the fundraising and advocacy group, is also well-documented, and there are examples of Mikron merchandise sold to generate income, alongside documents relating to other fundraising schemes.
The archive holds some material relating to financial management including bank statements, correspondence with the bank, budgets and returns, show sales information, cash books and show reports, insurance records and a small sample of records relating to government tax-relief schemes.
Mikron's administrative staff have long monitored commercial publications featuring Mikron and collected press cuttings. A series of press cuttings scrapbooks dates back to the Company's early years, and press cuttings files continue to be created. Mikron also kept recordings of broadcasts on radio and televsion in which they featured, and their dealings with broadcasters are documented in the archives.
Marketing, advertising and press relations records include a substantial collection of advertising material (eg posters and flyers), programmes, a large number of press and publicity photographs, press releases and press packs and working files.
Perhaps the largest section of the archive is the collection of scripts and directors' files. Scripts often include drafts and different versions, as some plays were re-worked when they were revived in subsequent years. Over the years Mikron has performed almost exclusively original plays, and each new Mikron script began with a carefully planned research stage. This has generated a large number of research files, many of which include notes from 'workshopping' a script, as well as notes and ephemera collected from external bodies. The Mikron research phase often included seeking out individuals with expertise or personal involvement in the topic in question, and conducting oral history interviews. These interviews are held within the archive, alongside permission forms governing their use.
Mikron ran a small number of projects for which the outputs included a filmed performance and these films have been transferred to Heritage Quay. Mikron shows always include a strong musical element, with original songs being written for each play. Many of these songs have subsequently been professionally recorded and released on albums, which are available in various formats within the collection. There are also some files documenting the recordings and the working processes of Mikron's musical directors and song-writers.
Further records relating directly to Mikron performances include casting files, job applications from freelancers and technicians, rehearsal Records (eg recordings of actors rehearsing), backdrops, a sample of props, costume and set designs.
The archive holds a mixture of analogue and digital records (including digital copies of traditional formats). Note that digital copies have been made for preservation purposes, and are not to be used commercially.
Lucas, Mike, 'MIKRON' LIBRARY Fonds
1960s-PresentA library maintained by Mikron Theatre Company founder Mike Lucas. The books are arranged by subject and directly relate to the themes of many Mikron shows. There are also a set of Waterways journals from 1973 onwards and a small amount of Mikron archive material that needs to be interfiled with the main archive and is stored with that material.
Minter, Gordon & Enid, Slides Archive Fonds
20th centuryThe Minter Collection is a series of talks, illustrated with slides, originally developed and delivered by Gordon and Enid Minter to various groups around the Huddersfield area.
The talks are kept in the same weekly order as they were received. Some of the talks have more than one version, probably indicating the tailoring of their talks to specific audiences. All but two of the talks have accompanying slides, again in the same order as received.
Subjects include the Chronology of Huddersfield, Castle Hill, Almondbury Boundary, Legends, Maps, Vernacular Architecture, Place Names, Mills, Joseph Kaye, Churches, Yards of Huddersfield, Co-operative Societies, Riot and Rebellion (Plug Riots, Weaver’s Strike, Crossley Murder, Scottish Rebellion, Seige of Huddersfield, Skelmanthorpe Fight, Bill O’Jacks, Thorncliffe Murder), Luddites, Markets, Industry, Water, Canals, Railways, Trams, Buses, Trolley Buses, Carvings, Halls, Then and Now, Landmarks, Parks, Woodland, Fields and Hedges, Coining, Child Labour, Executions at York,
Rhodes, Marion Archive Fonds
Mid 20th Century3 paintings and 40 pencil drawings, mostly signed, which Marion Rhodes completed as assignments whilst attending Huddersfield School of Art at the beginning of her career.
Missen, Chris - True Crime Collection Fonds
1940s-2000sThis collection contains a range of magazines, mainly US publications, including True Crime, Master Detective, Detective Cases, True Detective, Confidential Detective, Official Detective.