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The Theatre Archive Project was initiated in 2003 by Professor Dominic Shellard, Vice-Chancellor of De Montfort University. It is a long-term collaborative project between De Montfort University and the British Library. The central aim of the project is to 're-investigate British Theatre History 1945-1968, from the perspective of both the theatre goer and the practitioner.'

From the guide to the The Theatre Archive Project, 2003-2012, (De Montfort University Archives and Special Collections)

The Arthur Markham Memorial Fund was founded by Dr Violet Markham in memory of her brother, Sir Arthur Markham, Bart., and was administered by the University of Sheffield from 1927 until 1993. The University Calendar for 1946-7 described the Prize, which the Memorial Fund made possible, in the general list of prizes awarded in the University thus:

'Arthur Markham Memorial Prize of the value of 25, offered for the best essay on a prescribed subject. The competition is open to manual workers in or about a coal mine in England or Scotland or Wales, earning weekly or daily wages. There is no limit of age'. However, in the early years of the competition 100 had been disbursed in prize money, and by 1961 the amount being paid out had once more risen, to 161. In practice the Prize would often be shared between two or more entrants. Writers were free to submit entries in more than one year, and some entered several essays over a period of years. The 70 scripts in this collection, a relatively small number of those which are recorded as winning Prize money or receiving a commendation, are all that now remain on file.

Both Markhams shared the belief that there was much untapped mental and creative ability among the mining communities of England, Scotland and Wales. The Prize was designed to encourage literary expression amongst mineworkers, and was offered for the best literary composition, essay, poem, short story, opening chapter of a novel, or play. It was open to men or youths who, at the time of composition, were employed as manual workers in or about the coalmines of Great Britain and who earned a weekly or daily wage. Alternatively, men or youths who had been employed in this way but had been injured in their employment were also eligible to submit an entry. The first award was made in 1927, the competition running until 1993. The Prize was awarded by the Council of the University on the recommendation of the Examiners, being the Vice-Chancellor, the Professor of English Literature, and an External Examiner.

Sir Arthur Basil Markham, Bart. (1866-1916) was the son of Charles Markham who was part owner of the family mine, Markham Main Colliery, in Chesterfield.. On his mother's side he was the grandson of Sir Joseph Paxton, designer of the 1851 Great Exhibition's Crystal Palace. He was educated at Rugby School, and from 1900 served as Liberal M.P. for the Mansfield Division of Nottinghamshire, being created a baronet in 1911. Arthur Markham's technical skill, commercial insight and courage helped the development of considerable parts of the English and Welsh coalfields. He is also credited with saving the Bullcroft Colliery Company's pit in South Yorkshire by winning a three-year fight against flooding.

In 1994 selected essays were published in an anthology Pitmen Born & Bred: Award Winning Stories from Britain's Coalfields, edited by Mike Kirkup, a former mineworker and himself a prizewinner in the competition.

[Notes compiled from University records and Who's Who ].

From the guide to the Arthur Markham Memorial Prize Essays, 1932-1993, (University of Sheffield Library)

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creatorOf Whittaker, John Macnaghten. [Lecture notes]. University of Sheffield, Sheffield University
referencedIn Freund, Paul A. Paul A. Freund papers. 1918-1993. Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn McClean, J. D. (John David). Address at the funeral service for Paul Seton. University of Sheffield, Sheffield University
creatorOf Arthur Markham Memorial Prize Essays, 1932-1993 University of Sheffield Library
referencedIn Papers and correspondence of Frederick Sydney Dainton, Baron Dainton of Hallam Moors, 1914-1997, ca 1885-2002 Sheffield University Library
referencedIn Leonard Victor Eggleston Notebooks, 1941-1974 University of Sheffield Library
creatorOf The Theatre Archive Project, 2003-2012 De Montfort University Archives and Special Collections.
creatorOf Wordsworth, William, 1908-. Divertimento in D for full orchestra : op.58... composed for the Jubilee Celebrations of the University of Sheffield, 1955. University of Sheffield, Sheffield University
referencedIn Smart, Thomas Bert. [Memoir of Sheffield University in the 1930s / by the president of its Union of Students 1935-36]. University of Sheffield, Sheffield University
referencedIn Henry Clifton Sorby collection, 1845-1906 University of Sheffield Library
referencedIn IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE RECORDS, 1616-[ongoing] Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
referencedIn Bartolom Papers, 1832-1984 University of Sheffield Library
referencedIn Sidney Pollard Collection, 1925-1998 University of Sunderland
referencedIn Chapman, Arthur William. The early history of the University : talk to the Tea Club for 12th March 1969. University of Sheffield, Sheffield University
referencedIn William Empson papers, 1811-1996 (inclusive), 1911-1984 (bulk). Houghton Library
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