Special Collections & Archives


Bigwood Collection

Compiled by the comedian George Barnes Bigwood, this small collection of 118 items was acquired because of Bigwood's connection with the Britannia Theatre, Hoxton. The material spans 1809-1953, but Bigwood himself is not mentioned on a playbill until 1851.

View biographical information about George Bigwood.


The Bigwood collection consists, in the main, of playbills predominantly from the Britannia. There are also a few letters and theatrical ephemera such as cuttings and reviews. The collection also includes some artefacts, for example a tea service given to Bigwood by Sarah Lane.

  • material relating to George Bigwood's the professional career: accession code: UKC/BIG
  • playbills relating to the Britannia Theatre, High Street, Hoxton: accession code: UKC/POS/LDN BRI
  • other playbills in the Bigwood collection: accession code: UKC/BIG/POS
  • theatrical ephemera: accession code: UKC/BIG/MISC
  • letters: accession code: UKC/BIG/LET
  • press cuttings: accession code: UKC/BIG/CUT
Illustrated letter to Bigwood

Collection in brief

Contents: playbills, letters, cuttings, reviews, film programmes
Period: 1809-1953

Catalogued: yes, with exception of film programmes - search theatre collections

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