Harley Granville-Barker Archive

Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence, notes, manuscripts and typescripts of plays or articles by Harley Granville-Barker.

Administrative / Biographical History

Harley Granville Barker began his stage career as an actor in a provincial company, before first appearing in London in 1892. He went on to have a career on the stage, acting with many well known names such as Ben Greet. He was associated with the Stage Society and later moved into theatre management, working at the Duke of York's Theatre, the Savoy, and St James's among others. He also worked on the adaptation of plays.

Access Information

This collection is available for consultation in the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance's Reading Room, which is located at Blythe House, 23 Blythe Rd, Olympia, London, W14 0QX. The Reading Room is open Tuesday to Friday between 10.15 am and 4.30 pm. Access to it is by appointment only. To request an appointment please email tmenquiries@vam.ac.uk or telephone 020 7942 2698.

Access to some of these files may be restricted. These are identified at file level.

Acquisition Information

Given by The Garrick Club to the BTMA and thence to the Theatre Museum.

Conditions Governing Use

Archival material may not be photocopied. Arrangements can be made to photograph material in the reading room using non-flash photography.

Appraisal Information

This collection was appraised in line with the collection management policy.


No further accruals are expected.

Related Material

The Department of Theatre and Performance also holds the Harley Granville-Barker collection THM/320.

See also the core collections of the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance. Material relating to Harley Granville-Barker in general may be found in several collections, including the biographical, productions, company and photographs files.

Please ask for details.