Current Work: Research and Practice at Greenwich

The Reminiscence Theatre Archive was established at the University of Greenwich by Dr Heather Lilley and Dr Harry Derbyshire in 2011, and the Greenwich Drama team continues to coordinate its development. This involves the preservation, archiving and digitising of the holdings; creating and facilitating research projects; and also embedding the archive within the teaching and learning activities of the Drama programme. Recently appointed colleague Dr Natasha Oxley, a theatre practitioner and expert in applied drama, is taking an active role in the use of the archive in undergraduate teaching.

The first major strand of our activity was the creation of the Reminiscence Theatre Archive Company. The company, led by Dr Heather Lilley until her departure from Greenwich in 2016, enables volunteers to collaborate with Pam Schweitzer in creating new performance work from the archived material. Details of the company's methods, productions and performances in local sheltered units can be found in this section, alongside details of research activity and published outcomes. There is also extensive material relating to our contributions to the International Europe for Citizens project, ‘Remembering the Past: Building the Future’ in the period 2015-2017.