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Peter Slade Collection

Date range: 1936-1989.

Peter Slade has waged a life-long struggle to prove the importance of drama as a means of personal expression and self-development.

For over 60 years he has campaigned on behalf of educational drama, dramatherapy (as a means of combatting delinquency, disability and personal inadequacies) and children's theatre. He served as Drama Adviser to the City of Birmingham Education Committee, and in 1948 he was elected Director of the recently-formed Educational Drama Association.

The archive contains a wide range of material in a variety of media illustrating the work of Peter Slade and the Educational Drama Association, including correspondence, manuscripts of Slade's writings, scrapbooks, photographs of creative drama performances with children and adults, and audio-visual material.

The Library also holds the archive of the Pit Prop Theatre Company which was active in the drama-in-education movement.

Finding aids

Catalogue available online via ELGAR.


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