The Ayckbourn Archive: Frequently Asked Questions

This page contains some frequently asked questions pertaining to the Ayckbourn Archive. If you have any further questions or enquiries relating to the Ayckbourn Archive at Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website, please contact the Archivist via the Contact Form.
What is the Ayckbourn Archive at Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website?
The Ayckbourn Archive at Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website is an online resource highlighting some of the archival material relating to the playwright and director Alan Ayckbourn, his plays and his theatrical career which are held in public and private archives. It is intended to be both a resource for anyone generally interested in Alan Ayckbourn as well as those researching the playwright and his work.

What is its relation to the actual Ayckbourn Archive?
The online Archive is curated and administered by Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist Simon Murgatroyd. He is also responsible for the parts of the Ayckbourn Archive (material post-2006) still held by the playwright. The bulk of the Ayckbourn Archive has been held by the Borthwick Institute For Archives at the University of York since 2011 with which Simon works and advises.

Is it possible to physically access the material within the online Archive?
Each item is accompanied by information relating to the item including where the item is held. From there, you should contact the archive in question (see the Researching Alan Ayckbourn section) regarding visiting and accessing items within the archive.

Where is the material within the Ayckbourn Archive at Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website drawn from?
The majority of the material is drawn from the Ayckbourn Archive held either by the playwright or at the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York. However some material is also held by The Bob Watson Archive at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, the Library Theatre Archive at Scarborough Public Library, the digital Ayckbourn Archive held by the playwright as well as several private collections.

Can i reproduce material from the Ayckbourn Archive?
All the material featured on the Ayckbourn Archive is copyrighted and should not be reproduced without permission of the relevant copyright holder. If you have questions regarding copyright or reproduction, please email the Administrator via the Contacts / Enquiries page.

Can I physically access material featured in the Ayckbourn Archive?
Most of the material featured within the Ayckbourn Archive is held in publicly accessible collections; predominantly the Ayckbourn Archive at the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York. To find out more about visiting collections featured within the Ayckbourn Archive section of this website, visit the Researching Alan Ayckbourn section which has details about how to access the Archives and visiting them.

Is the online Archive complete or an ongoing project?
The Ayckbourn Archive at Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website is an ongoing project which will continue to add material over time covering the entirety of the playwright's professional life from 1956 to the present day.

I'm interested in researching Alan Ayckbourn's most important influence, Stephen Joseph, can you help with this?
There is a research section relating to this within the Stephen Joseph section of the website and it can be found here.

Any further questions can be submitted to Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist Simon Murgatroyd via the Contact / Enquiries page.