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Middlesex University: University Collections

Carnival Archive and Study Resource


Reference code(s): GB 9999999999 Carnival

Held at: Middlesex University: University Collections

Title: Carnival Archive and Study Resource

Date(s): 1956-1999

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: c 12 books and publications; 19 files; 13 albums

Name of creator(s): Tompsett | A Ruth | fl 2001 | lecturer on drama


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Carnival Resource has been collected by Ruth Tompsett, Principal Lecturer, for use by students studying Carnival on the BA in Performing Arts at Middlesex University.


Scope and content/abstract:

Collection of publications, documentation and archive material relating to Caribbean Carnival, predominantly focussing on carnival in Trinidad and at London's Notting Hill, and dating from 1956 to 1999. The collection includes books, press cuttings, magazines and journals, extracted articles, programmes from Carnival at Notting Hill and in Trinidad and Tobago, programmes from carnival theatre performances, press releases, newsletters of The Association for a Peoples' Carnival, photographic documentation of Caribbean and diasporic carnivals, costume designs, video recordings, audio recordings of carnival music and interviews with key practitioners, and slides of carnivals, mask making and masquerades.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

The collection is arranged into books; magazine publications and files; press coverage and photographic documentation. The material is arranged into files.The collection is held at the Black Cultural Archives, London.

Conditions governing access:

Contact the Black Cultural Archives, 1 Othello Close, London SE11 4RE, 020 7582 8516, email

Conditions governing reproduction:

At the discretion of the Library.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Brief file list available.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:



Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Via Ruth Tompsett.


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP Aim25 Project. Amended by Judy Vaknin 2011

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Dec 2001, amended 2011

Blacks | Ethnic groups
Carnivals | Cultural events | Leisure time activities | Leisure
Festivals | Cultural events | Leisure time activities | Leisure

Personal names
Tompsett | A Ruth | fl 2001 | lecturer on drama

Corporate names
Association for a Peoples' Carnival
Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill | Kensington and Chelsea | London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
Trinidad and Tobago | Caribbean