This is a personal collection of a lifetime attendance of ballet and other performances of Monica Collingwood (1913 – 2003) spanning between 1929 and 1999. Monica Collingwood became passionate about ballet at the age of 7 when she saw a performance with Anna Pavlova. She visited performances at least once a week and seldom missed a key performance until the late 1970s. She actively followed the career of dancers such as Margot Fonteyn, Moira Shearer, Alicia Markova, Robert Helpman and Rudolf Nureyev.
The collection is a comprehensive personal account of a ballet lover and gives a rare insight into cultural life during the mid 20th century and beyond.
The collection's holdings can be searched using our Archives catalogue.