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TitleGlynne (William Gladstone) Wickham Archive
DescriptionThe archive of Professor Glynne Wickham (1922 - 2004) contains early drafts of most of his published work, including “The Medieval Theatre” and, for a more popular audience “A History of the Theatre”. Also noteworthy are materials relating to the Globe Theatre project, and Professor Wickham’s collection of documents relating to mystery plays. There is also a very important collection of pamphlets and offprints written by both Professor Wickham himself and other scholars working in his field.

Also of interest are the records relating to “The Masque of Hope”, an entertainment devised by Glynne and Neville Coghill to be performed before Princess Elizabeth at Oxford University in 1948; these records include Wickham’s designs for costumes and scenery, and reveal him to have had a notable artistic talent.

In addition to archive material, the Wickham bequest also contained a very important collection of books, which have been added to the Theatre Collection library.
Date1922 - 2004
AdminHistoryGlynne Wickham (1922 - 2004) joined Bristol University Drama Department in 1948, very soon after its establishment, and within a year was Head of the Department. He had just completed a PhD in Medieval Pageantry at Oxford University (his supervisor was Professor Neville Coghill), and was already beginning research for what became a monumental series of volumes on Early English Stages, which was to occupy him for the next 50 years. Under his headship, the Drama Department expanded rapidly from an insignificant and barely-funded discipline (one which was indeed was considered with suspicion by some of the more traditional-minded sectors of the University) to one of the most dynamic and popular drama departments in the country, which, by the time of his retirement in 2002, had a reputation second to none.

Although Professor Wickham was an internationally renowned scholar in the field of medieval drama, his knowledge of the Shakespearean and Jacobean stage was also impressive, and he acted as consultant on the Bankside Globe project, and received a special honour in connection with it.
ArrangementThe collection is partially catalogued. Where catalogued, the archive has been divided into its main functions which created records - personal papers, research by topic, ephemera. Other accessions as yet uncatalogued remain in the form of the original accessions.
Related MaterialThere is also a sub-series of Glynne Wickham papers in the University of Bristol Drama Department Catalogue (BDD/GW)
Extent1454 items (41 boxes)
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