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Archives

The Royal Albert Hall Archive is a unique culture, arts and science heritage resource. 

The Archive exists to record, preserve and makes accessible the wide variety of ways in which the Hall has been used by the British and international public since its opening in 1871 and to record information relating to the iconic Grade I listed building  and the organisation itself. The Hall is committed to providing public benefit by collecting and making as accessible as possible its historical archives – this commitment is documented in our Archive Policy.

Collections

The Hall's Archive contains a variety of historically significant material which provides evidence of the Hall's organisation and governance, its key functions and activities, and major developments and achievements over the course of its existence.

We are currently in the process of cataloguing our collections to make them available to more people than ever before online. In the meantime, the information below gives a brief overview of our collections:

Royal Albert Hall Events Collection
Programmes (20,000+)
Posters, tickets and handbills
Event Records
Props and souvenirs
Audio-visual recordings

Royal Albert Hall Collection
Royal Charter 
Publications
Silverware, artworks and furniture
Press cuttings
Ephemera

Charles Graham-Dixon Collection
Collection of 17th Century Dutch paintings by artists including Pieter de Hooch and Jacob Ruisdael, bequeathed in 1985 by Charles Graham-Dixon, former Vice President of the Corporation of the Hall of Arts & Sciences.

Great Exhibition Catalogues (EX)
Catalogues from the 1851 Great Exhibition and 1862 Exhibition

The Archive also has a small amount of reference material relating to the Royal Albert Hall, neighbouring institutions and associated persons and organisations.

Enquiries

The Royal Albert Hall has embarked upon a process of strategic development to improve access to its Archive. A priority within this plan is the creation and implementation of a new Archive database which members of the public can access online and as such, internal resources are currently focused on the delivery of this project. During this period, the Archive team will be unable to respond to public enquiries and we anticipate that this closure will be in place until early 2014.

We apologise for any disappointment and inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience while we conduct this essential work.

For more information about the history of the Royal Albert Hall please see the following published works;

  • Clark, Ronald W, 'The Royal Albert Hall' (Hamish Hamilton, 1958)
  • Thackrah J.R, 'The Royal Albert Hall' (Terence Dalton, 1983)
  • 'The Royal Albert Hall: A Victorian Masterpiece for the 21st Century' (Fitzhardinge Press, 2003)
  • Hazlewood, Charles, 'The Royal Albert Hall: A Social History' (BBC Audiobooks, Jan 2012)

Other useful resources include;

Donations

The Archive is always interested to hear from people who may be able to fill gaps in its collections in accordance with its Collection & Disposal Policy.  Please let us know if you have something that you believe may be of interest by sending us information. Our contact details are:

Address:  Royal Albert Hall Archive, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
Tel: +44 (0)20 7589 2107/2304
Email: archive@royalalberthall.com 

Supporting the Archive

The Royal Albert Hall receives no revenue funding from central or local government and for that reason, financial support from trusts, companies and individual benefactors is especially valued.

Financial support is gratefully received and can help us to digitise the vast majority of our collections which chart the central role the Hall has played in the national cultural life, and which have never before been seen by the public. 

Please contact us if you are able to support the work of the Archives in protecting and promoting the Hall's unique heritage:

Address:  Royal Albert Hall Archive, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
Tel: +44 (0)20 7589 2107/2304
Email: archive@royalalberthall.com 

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