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Records of the Cambridge University Gilbert and Sullivan Society, 1981 - 2005

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/SOC.83

Scope and Contents

The files relate to the administration of the society and the mounting of productions, usually the responsibility of a sub-committee and/or production team. There are no photographs.


  • Creation: 1981 - 2005


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From the Management Group:

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Biographical / Historical

The society is known to have existed in its current form since 1961. It is intended to promote the works of Sir W.S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan although it also occasionally performs light opera and musical theatre by other composers. Performances are pitched at a variety of levels: there is a staged Lent term show (usually at the ADC Theatre) and, from 1971, a summer show (usually at the Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Cornwall); semi-staged concert performances; and completely unstaged and unrehearsed social ''sing-throughs''. Other social activities include May Week garden parties and annual dinners. Further information about the club's activities is on its website at


3 linear metre(s) (3 metres) : paper

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference


Immediate Source of Acquisition

The first tranche of records was transferred to the University Archives from the Manuscripts Department on 15 January 2008. Of this, a proportion of items in SOC.83.3 and probably SOC.83.4 had been deposited by Dr J. Mander (Newnham College), Senior Treasurer, with the Manuscripts Department on 22 June 1995. A further deposit in ca 1999 had been made by the then society secretary, Holly Stout (Corpus Christi College). Both had been given the classmark Ms.Add.9313. On 18 Dec. 2014, a further significant transfer directly to the University Archives was made by Zowie Sweetland (Homerton College), society secretary and Harley Jones (Selwyn College), former society librarian. This material was catalogued as 83.1.1A, 4-5; 83.2.A-C, 5-9;, 3 (addnl.), 5.2-6, 6.2-4, 7; 83.4.1-12.

Related Materials

Further printed records are in the Rare Books Department, Cambridge University Library (classmark: Cambridge Papers J 4220).


The online catalogue entry was completed in February 2008 and expanded in February 2015.


Cambridge University Gilbert and Sullivan Society

Finding aid date

2007-12-21 14:09:00+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

Cambridge University Library
West Road
Cambridge CB3 9DR United Kingdom