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New name for Theatre Information Group and launch of a new performing arts history resources website

Posted on October 26, 2012

The Theatre Information Group (TIG), which was founded in 1980, has changed its name to the Association of Performing Arts Collections (APAC). This will now be the new title for the Subject Specialist Network of performing arts collections in the UK and Ireland, and the association hopes the change in name will emphasise its “commitment to providing a forum for discussing issues in performing arts heritage” by reflecting the widening range of individual members and member institutions. Associated institutions include a number of prominent dance collections, such as the Theatre and Performance Collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Resource Centre for Dance, and the Royal Opera House Collections.

To coincide with the renaming, APAC has just launched a new website, which is part of the association’s “ongoing efforts to enhance the quality and availability of information to members and the public on performing arts collections in the UK and Ireland”. Funding for the development of the website, which can be viewed by clicking here, has been provided by Arts Council England as part of its Subject Specialist Network.

Jonathan Gray is editor of Dancing Times. He studied at The Royal Ballet School, Leicester Polytechnic, and Wimbledon School of Art where he graduated with a BA Hons in Theatre Design. For 16 years he was a member of the curatorial department of the Theatre Museum, London, assisting on a number of dance-related exhibitions, and helping with the recreation of original designs for a number of The Royal Ballet’s productions including Danses concertantes, Daphnis and Chloë, and The Sleeping Beauty. He has also contributed to the Financial Times, written programme articles for The Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet, and is co-author of the book Unleashing Britain: Theatre gets real 1955-64, published in 2005.

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