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The best of friends

Press release issued: 1 November 2002

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The best of friends

Bristol Hippodrome, Paule Vezelay. Watercolour, 1918. Credit: University of Bristol Theatre Collection, Copyright: Sally Jarman A unique display of artwork purchased for the University of Bristol's Theatre Collection by its Friends group opens next week [Tuesday, November 5].

The free display, called Best of friends, showcases many of the items purchased by the Friends of the Theatre Collection over the past 25 years. Highlights include paintings by Paule Vezelay and Rachel Hemming Bray, designs by Cecil Beaton and Edward Gordon Craig and a Hogarth engraving.

Also featured in the display is an oral history project which the Friends have supported by purchasing equipment and recording and transcribing interviews with actors and other theatre professionals. Visitors will be able to find out more about the project, listen to an interview recording and read a transcript.

The Association of Friends has made a lasting contribution to the Theatre Collection since 1976, raising funds for some acquisitions and generously donating to others. Its members are actively involved in the work of the Theatre Collection, and there are several Friends Volunteers projects running throughout the year. New members are always welcome.

Jo Elsworth, Keeper of the Theatre Collection, said: 'This is a one-off opportunity to see a selection of artwork not normally on public display. The items reflect the wonderful contribution made by the Friends over the past 25 years. There is something of interest to all theatregoers and those who love the arts. We look forward to welcoming everyone to the show."

The display will run from Tuesday, November 5 until Friday, January 31. The Theatre Collection is located at 21 Park Row and is open Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm.

The Theatre Collection, housed in Britain's first Department of Drama at the University of Bristol, is the second largest theatrical archive in the country and within the past year has received Fully Registered Museum status.

The Theatre Collection, established in 1951, is an internationally renowned research centre and attracts visitors from all over the world.

The Theatre Collection will be closed over Christmas from Tuesday, December 24 until Thursday, January 2 and Monday 6 to Friday, January 10.

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Copyright: 2002 The University of Bristol, UK
Updated: Friday, 01-Nov-2002 16:18:52 GMT

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