Joy Attfield Pantomime Collection

Scope and Content

This collection contains material relating to 19th and 20th century pantomime and focuses on George M. Slater, an actor known for his portrayals of villains on stage, and H. Buckstone Clair. This collection includes play scripts, magazines, artworks, programmes and correspondence, as well as materials relating to the death of George M. Slater.

Administrative / Biographical History

Joy Attfield (nee Bright) was the granddaughter of Mr. H. Buckstone, who was related to J. B. Buckstone, an English actor, playwright, and comedian who worked in the 17th century. The collection from Mrs Attfield's family history focuses on various members of her family who had theatrical careers.


This collection has been arranged into the following series

  • THM/98/1-Playscripts
  • THM/98/2-Publications
  • THM/98/3-Artworks
  • THM/98/4-Programmes and Tickets
  • THM/98/5-Correspondence
  • THM/98/6-Materials Relating to the Illness and death of George M. Slater

Conditions Governing Access

This archive collection is available for consultation in the V&A Blythe House Archive and Library Study Room by appointment only. Full details of access arrangements may be found here:

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

Acquisition Information

Given by Joy Attfield (nee Bright), 1974.

Conditions Governing Use

Information on copying and commercial reproduction may be found here:

Appraisal Information

This collection was appraised in line with collection management policy.


No further accruals are expected.

Related Material

See also the core collections of the V&A Department of Theatre and Performance. Relevant material may be found in several collections, including the biographical, productions, company and photographs files. Please ask for details.