Our digital archive is a freely accessible website which combines materials from our building’s time as Battersea Town Hall and Battersea Arts Centre. Among other things, our archive includes original architectural plans, programmes from the UK’s first amateur boxing club, and documentation from key performances including Jerry Springer the Opera and Punchdrunk’s Masque of the Red Death.
The archive is a collaboration between Wandsworth Heritage Service (who hold the town hall collection from 1892 to 1974) and BAC (who hold the theatre archive from 1974 to present) and by unifying these collections we want to create a picture of our building’s history over the last 120 years.
We’ve already uploaded 10,000 images to this website and hope that, by breaking these stories out of their boxes, many more people will engage with our history. This archive is an ongoing project. We are still cataloguing and revealing more stories from our collections. You may find omissions and mistakes in our descriptions but we hope that you’ll help us by commenting and adding what you know.
This archive has been created with the help and the stories of many artists, theatre-goers, volunteers, and Battersea residents. By contributing your story, comment or photograph, you can help us too.
Please note that cataloguing work is ongoing, and we are regularly updating our catalogue.
The physical collections have been recently re-housed at Wandsworth Heritage Service.