News: Rambert archive funding award

Monday 29 October 2007

Rambert Dance Company has been awarded a grant from The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to support the development of its historical collection. The Rambert archive, is one of the oldest and most extensive collections of dance memorabilia and documentation in the UK. It spans over 80 years of dance history and was started in 1926 by Dame Marie Rambert.

The grant will help the company create a Conservation Management and Audience Development Plans that will inform the long-term strategy for the preservation and development of the archive. It will also support a further bid to the HLF for a capital project. Although the archive is currently a valuable source of information to historians, arts journalists, students and dancers, it is housed in cramped, inaccessible premises. Rambert aims to make it available to a wider public, through relocating it in a centrally located, purpose-built space.

Nadia Stern, Chief Executive of Rambert said: “Rambert Dance Company is extremely grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the grant towards the Company’s archive. The planning work that it will enable us to undertake is vital in ensuring that the archive is preserved and made accessible for the benefit of future generations. This is the beginning of a very important and exciting project for the Company.”

Photo from the archive: _*The* __*Descent of Hebe,* _the Duchess Theatre, 1937. Photographer: Houston Rogers.

Small image from _*Tragedy of Fashion.* _Photographer:Bertran Park.

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