For over 40 years Riverside Studios' unique programme has combined cutting edge live performance, visual arts, international cinema and television production. During that time we have hosted a vast array of groundbreaking artists including Samuel Beckett, Antony Gormley, Complicité, Michael Clark, David Bowie, The Wooster Group, The Who and Amy Winehouse, and have amassed an enormous amount of related heritage material including photographs, programmes, audio and video tapes, posters and production notes.
Unfortunately, these items have never been made accessible to the public and, until we vacated our former building, were stored under conditions which threatened their conservation.
Our period of redevelopment has provided us with the opportunity to take stock of this valuable collection and to work towards ensuring that it is restored, protected and developed for the benefit of the public, cultural historians, researchers and future generations.
We aim to make Riverside's Archive publicly accessible when our iconic venue reopens in 2019 with plans including purpose built archive storage, the provision of a public reading room, an exciting programme of heritage events and activities and designated heritage staff. We also aim to enhance our existing material with an oral history portfolio which will gather the personal recollections of significant individuals who have worked with the organisation.
Riverside's Archive has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, we have been able to begin work on preserving our collection.
If you wish to contact us about our archive please email Riverside's Projects Manager [email protected] or keep up to date with our project via @RiversideLondon.
Samuel Beckett image © John Minihan, University College Cork