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Royal Albert Hall Programme and Handbill Collection

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The Royal Albert Hall Archive

Opening Ceremony poster. 29 March 1871, © Royal Albert Hall Archive

The Royal Albert Hall is the "world's most famous stage" and its Archive is a unique culture, arts and science heritage resource. The Archive exists to record, preserve and makes accessible the records and artefacts which document the wide variety of ways in which the Hall has been used by the British and international public since its opening in 1871 and to record information relating to the iconic Grade 1 Listed building and the organisation itself.

The world's greatest musicians, dancers, sportsmen and statesmen have appeared at the Royal Albert Hall. The Archive is the guardian of the Hall's collective memory and is responsible for managing collections which include posters, handbills, posters, photographs, plans, prints, art works, administrative records, and ephemeral items such as tickets, leaflets and merchandising.

The Programme and Handbill Collection

The Royal Albert Hall Programme Collection consists of over 40,000 Programmes, from the very first Programme of the Opening ceremony in front of Queen Victoria in March 1871 to last night's event! The RAH Programme collection covers a huge range of events, including not only the most obvious classical music concerts but sporting events, political rallies, trade shows, dance events and balls.

Copyright and Permitted Uses

The images and metadata presented in the Royal Albert Hall Archive are copyright of the Royal Albert Hall. They may be used for private research and study purposes only. Enquiries regarding reproduction should be sent to the email address below.

Postcard of the exterior of the Royal Albert Hall. 1913, © Royal Albert Hall Archive


Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore
London SW7 2AP
Tel: 0207 959 0500 ext 2108

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