The University of Bristol Theatre Collection recently acquired the personal archive of Oliver Messel, one of the 20th Century’s foremost designers for stage and screen 1904-1978. The archive celebrates Oliver’s life as an openly gay man in high society during that period and some of the challenges he faced, including service in the second world war. It also features arts benefactor Peter Watson.
Neither men had significant connections with the Bristol/Bath region, however the university would welcome collaboration with anyone interested in Messel and wishes to be involved with workshops, exhibitions, etc, regarding his life and work.
If you are interested, contact Katie McKeogh of the University of Bristol Development and Alumni Relations Office. Katie.McKeogh@bristol.ac.uk