Setting up a heritage collection devoted to the performing arts

The heritage of the performing arts is held in various types of institutions, from libraries and museums to archives, theatres, and charitable organisations. This diversity reflects the variety of material involved: manuscripts, costumes, audio-visual recordings, model stage sets, programmes, and so on. This unusual situation reflects the unique history of this heritage, whose significance has only recently been acknowledged. It raises specific challenges in terms of conservation and promotion, while representing positive grounds for networking and joint scholarly projects.