MAY 2017


We shall visit Bristol in late May for the Annual General Meeting and associated theatre events. It will include the renowned Bristol University Theatre Collection, Frank Matcham’s Hippodrome, always good to see, Bristol Old Vic following its recent restoration, and Colston Hall which previously housed the Bristol Little Theatre, still existing in the space now called the Lantern alongside the later concert hall building.  Details have already been mailed to the membership with this year’s Journal.


Not a Frank Matcham Society event, but if you are unable to attend our AGM and associated events (details above), on the same day there is Normansfield – Protecting a Theatrical Past a conference and tour of this great little Victorian survivor, featuring our own Dr David Wilmore and other speakers. The conference will focus on the Normansfield collection of Victorian scenery, its conservation,  Victorian Set painting and costumes, the D’Oyle Carte, and the Visit Theatres historic theatre route through Europe.




The Yvonne Arnaud in Guildford, theatres in the Eastbourne area, and a group visit to the V&A Theatre Collection, are amongst visits in the planning stage, with a London walk led by our own Mark Fox for later in the year and the new Tim Ronalds designed home for Grange Park Opera at West Horsley Place when they can take us – expect more details here when available.