Special Collections & Archives

Max Tyler Music Hall Collection

Max Tyler was the archivist (between 1984-2012) and historian (between 1993-2016) of the British Music Hall Society. He wrote regularly for ‘The Stage’ and ‘The Call Boy’, the magazine of the British Music Hall Society, and was co-editor of ‘Music Hall Studies’. Max looked after the British Music Hall Society’s own large archive of theatrical memorabilia but built up a substantial personal collection of books, ephemera, research notes, and audio-visual recordings relating to the British Music Hall tradition, with material spanning from the late nineteenth century to the early 21st century.

Contains material including:

  • original and copies of Music Hall song sheets
  • song sheets and scripts for musical comedies
  • music hall programmes
  • playbills
  • 20th century music hall and vaudeville magazines and periodicals
  • music hall audio recordings on cassette, CD, shellac discs, and reel-to-reel tapes
  • published books on music hall, and music hall performers
  • research notes

Please email us if you wish to view any of the material from this collection.

Collection in brief

Contents: books, song sheets, research files, audio recordings, programmes and playbills

Period: 19th - 21st century

Catalogued: ongoing


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