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AHRC Ellen Terry and Edith Craig Database

Cockin, Katharine

Authors

Katharine Cockin



Abstract

The Ellen Terry and Edith Craig archive comprises some 20,000 items, donated by Edith Craig (1869-1947) to the National Trust in 1939 and consisting of correspondence, manuscripts, press cuttings, programmes, publicity material, photographs, artwork, journals and books. Most of the items are now held at the British Library (Manuscripts Dept), London, UK. The others are held at the National Trust's Smallhythe Place, Tenterden, Kent, UK. The actress, Dame Ellen Terry GBE (1847-1928), was one of the first stars of the modern British stage. She is particularly known for her performances at the Lyceum Theatre, London, UK, opposite Sir Henry Irving. She was married to the artist G. F. Watts, Charles Kelly and James Carew and had a long relationship with Edward Godwin. Godwin was the father of her two children, Edward Gordon Craig the theatre designer and Edith Craigthe lesbian theatre director, costumier and activist in the women's suffrage movement. This online database guide describes the papers of Ellen Terry and Edith Craig at the National Trust property, Smallhythe Place, Tenterden, Kent, UK. Smallhythe Place was the home of Ellen Terry, established as a memorial to Terry by her daughter Edith Craig and given to the National Trust in 1939.

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Institution Citation Cockin, K. AHRC Ellen Terry and Edith Craig Database
Keywords Theatre, History, Performance, Letters, Archive, Shakespeare:Women's suffrage,
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