Alan Richardson Collection

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 3401 RIC
  • Dates of Creation
      1808 - 2010
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      10 postcard albums containing 1825 postcards photographs and engravings

Scope and Content

The Alan Richardson collection comprises of ten postcard albums containing postcards depicting British theatres (Provincial and London) and International theatres (Algeria to Yugoslavia). It also contains loose photographs of the Barbican Theatre and engravings of other British theatres.

Administrative / Biographical History

Alan Richardson was a collector of theatre books, programmes and postcards.


The collection is arranged as follows:

  • RIC/1 British theatre postcards, photographs and etchings
  • RIC/2 International theatre postcards

Conditions Governing Access


Acquisition Information

Donation received from Alan Richardson via his daughter in 2015. It is believed there were originally postcards of theatres in Paris and some further Italian postcards (including Sicily), but these were not transferred to The Theatres Trust at this time.

Other Finding Aids

A spreadsheet listing all the postcards with dates, names of theatres depicted and a brief description is available

Archivist's Note

The collection was catalogued by Hannah Wilkinson and Joetta Harty, Library and Archive Volunteers, January 2016.


No further accruals are expected.

Personal Names