The collection consists of papers specifically related to Christopher Hogg's work as Chairman of the National Theatre Board between 1995 and 2004, as a member of the Royal National Theatre Finance and Audit Committee (1995-2004) and the Successions Committee (c 2000-2002) and as the Director of RNT Enterprises Ltd (1997-2002).
The documents are of three main types: handwritten, semi-verbatim notes on individual meetings, conversations and interviews held with the management and senior executive, other Board members, job applicants and many others from outside the Theatre; Board and committee papers such as minutes, reports and policy documents; and correspondence, specifically, notes, letters, faxes, emails, memorandums, postcards and greetings cards, with enclosures. There are also a number of loose documents, and these and the enclosures encompass a wide variety of materials, including file notes, press cuttings, press releases, CVs, supporting statements, short published biographies from Who's Who and other sources, job descriptions, advertisements, contracts and other legal documents, corporate information sheets, spreadsheets, diagrams, tables, timetables, lists of names and contact details, lists of quotes and opinions, a PowerPoint slide printout, a set of rough notes for a speech, an order of service booklet, a photograph of the Board, a guest list and a wine list.
The subject matter of the documents reflects both the regular remit of the Board and the main challenges facing the Theatre during this period, particularly appointments to the Board and committees and to senior positions in the Theatre; internal working relationships between the Executive and the Board and external ones between the Theatre and the Department for National Heritage (subsequently the Department for Culture, Media and Sport) and the Arts Council of England (subsequently, Arts Council England); the Theatre buildings and their auditoria, including their modernisation and refurbishment; and financial matters, including the Theatre's public subsidy, donations, budgeting and financial planning. Repertoire and artistic vision for the Theatre are the remit of the Artistic Directors but are frequently touched upon in correspondence and records of meetings with them. Hogg held the Chairmanship of the Board in 1997 when Trevor Nunn replaced Richard Eyre as Artistic Director and again in 2003 when Nicholas Hytner succeeded to the role, and of particular note for research purposes are the unique and detailed sets of handwritten notes on meetings (both formal and informal) with the candidates and others he kept regarding this process.