Peter Brinson Collection

Scope and Content

Working files, reports, press cuttings, personal papers, scrapbooks, slides, photographs, articles and conference papers of Peter Brinson, former Head of Postgraduate Studies at Laban; with a record of the activities of the pioneering touring company Ballet for All which took ballet out into the local communites of the UK.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Peter Brinson Collection documents the professional life of Peter Brinson (1923-1995), pioneer in the field of community dance; dance administrator; writer; lecturer; Founding Director, Ballet for All 1964-1972; Director, Royal Academy of Dancing 1968-69; Director, UK and British Commonwealth Branch, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation 1972-82; Chairman, Inquiry into Dance and Education 1975-1980; Chairman, Dance Board, Council for National Academic Awards 1975-84, Head of Postgraduate Studies, Laban Centre for Movement and Dance,1982. An entry for Peter Brinson can be found in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography,Oxford University Press, 2004.


This Collection has not yet been sorted into series.

Access Information

Temporarily closed to the public.

Acquisition Information

Peter Brinson.

Other Finding Aids

Box lists exist for some parts of the Collection. These can be searched on the Laban Archive catalogue.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Includes some film and sound tapes which can not be accessed as Laban does not have the necessary equipment to play them.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Jane Fowler, Archivist, Laban.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies can be made according to copyright law and depending on the condition of the documents. Please consult the Archivist.

Appraisal Information

Publications were either tranferred to library stock or disposed of after consultation with Laban faculty members.

Custodial History

Donated by Peter Brinson.


No further accruals expected.

Related Material

Links to other archive collections include material on Ballet for All held at the Royal Opera House Collections at, the Green Candle Dance Company Archive at the National Resource Centre for Dance, University of Surrey at and the Contemporary Dance Trust Archive at the V&A Theatre Collections at