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Our Archive

The Northern Ballet Archive tells the story of the Company’s development from foundation in 1969 to the present day.

About the Archive

Our Archive comprises organisational and personal collections, from posters to pointe shoes, and programmes to production bibles. It covers more than 200 productions in our stage and screen repertoire.

Some of the collection strengths and highlights are:

Communications: Photographs, press scrapbooks and other publicity material; audio-visual recordings; cast sheets

Governance: Board of Directors minutes from 1969-present

We also have records relating to:

  • Company & Stage Management
  • Music
  • Wardrobe
  • Academy
  • Learning
  • Development
  • Estates

We are partway through an exciting project to develop our archive (through preservation, cataloguing and digitisation) and make it more accessible. We are gradually making our digitised collections available via Google Arts & Culture and eventually will transfer some of the archive to Leeds University Library Special Collections for long-term preservation and wider public access.

The collections are a rich resource for educators, dance artists and dance fans and have untapped research potential, for instance, those interested in how a regional dance company developed from humble beginnings to commanding centre stage in Leeds’ international dance scene.

Want to explore more?

Find other performing arts collections:

Leeds University Library Special Collections

Association of Performing Arts Collections (APAC)

Want to find out more about what we collect?

Read our Collection Development Policy

Want to contribute to the archive?

Read our Donation Agreement Form

Support our fundraising appeal

Contact & Access

Please direct enquiries about our archives to:

Archive & Records Manager
+44 (0)113 220 8000

Please get in touch to find out more about our research, copying and digitisation services.

Some of the collection is not yet accessible to (external) researchers and the public, for instance material which contains sensitive personal information about individuals and is restricted under the Data Protection Act (2018). Please get in touch for more information.

Header image: A Christmas Carol, 2009, dancers Hironao Takahashi and Darren Goldsmith. Photo Bill Cooper.