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Restoring Charles Lockier’s archives

From the 1920s to the 1960s, promoter Charles H. Lockier was responsible for the artistic programme at Colston Hall.

In his time he brought some of the most famous names in international classical music to Bristol, including performers such as Sergei Rachmaninoff, as well as iconic artists including The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Little Richard and The Dave Brubeck Quartet, just to name a few. Needless to say, his artistic programme straddled one of the most exciting periods in music history.

Lockier kept a detailed account of the promotions he managed in a series of volumes that cover these two decades. Filled to the brim with posters, programmes, newspaper cuttings and reviews, these volumes are a fascinating trip back in time.

Over the past year we’ve been slowly restoring these leather bound volumes with Bristol Museums and Archives, some of which have been damaged over times. The photos below show an example of one of these damaged volumes, and how we’ve swept away the mould to restore them.

A leather bound volume before restoration work commences.

Damaged pages of text from a event programme before restoration work commences.

A selection of damaged programmes with their pages dis-bound in preparation for restoration.

Water damaged pages carefully being separated.

Damaged pages carefully being surface cleaned.

All images curtesy of Bristol Museums and Archives and Spiral Path Book Studio.

Funded by

This work is part of our National Lottery Heritage Fund funded programme.