When new collections are deposited they go through a process of assessment, documenting and preservation before being listed on our web pages or catalogue. Collections recently added to our holdings include:
Deposited by John Brady, this archive documents the Liverpool festival that preceded the Liverpool Biennial.
The Unity Theatre Archive
The Unity Theatre Movement started in Liverpool after WWII to make theatre accessible to the masses, and to use theatre as a political instrument to bring 'new strength to the progressive struggle'. Merseyside Left Theatre was formed in the 1930s and became Merseyside Unity Theatre in 1944. The Unity Theatre movement, along with many theatre clubs, started to disappear with the abolition of licensing in the 1960s as mainstream theatres were more able to meet the demand for radical theatre, but Merseyside Unity Theatre survived into the early 1980s. One of the last initiatives of Merseyside Unity Theatre was the development of the current Unity Theatre on Hope Place. The building was acquired on a lease from the Council and work was undertaken to convert the former synagogue from a photographic studio to a theatre.