ARTISTE OR SONG
We often receive enquiries from visitors to this website who are looking to research/trace a particular music hall or variety artiste and/or music hall songs. To help in your search we have created two documents which provide a selection of useful tips and websites which we hope will help you conduct your research.
However, if you are struggling to find the required information the Society is fortunate to have two historians (Peter Charlton for music hall and Brian O’Gorman for variety) who may be able to help. The cost of research is free to members and for non- members there is a minimum donation of £10 (payable in advance).
If you would like the British Music Hall Society Historians to research an artiste/song on your behalf please send an e-mail to:
The Society's Archive consists mainly of items donated over the years such as
Costumes (including such treasured items as Little Tich’s boots
and stagewear belonging to Bud Flanagan and Max Miller)
Boxes of memorabilia relating to specific performers, etc.
Unfortunately we are unable to exhibit the items as we would like due to lack of space. All the memorabilia is safe and secure in various containers and is stored in a 'safe store' in the suburbs of London. Access by tube train is comparatively easy.
Anybody anxious to gain access to the store for research purposes
should, in the first instance, contact us to arrange a convenient
visiting time. We would also love to hear from anybody who would
like to donate items to the Society from the music hall and
variety eras. Almost every item in the Archive has been donated
and there would be no Archive today without the generosity of our
members and the general public who over the years have donated
material to our safekeeping. Please do not hesitate to contact us
if you have something which you think we may be interested in:
The Society also has an extensive sound archive managed by Andy Foster.
All Archive Exhibition photographs taken by Ralph Reardon