Starting in 2021: Digitalisation of Performance Recordings from Iceland

Although Icelandic theatre performances have been recorded using various techniques from the mid-20th century, as of 2021 very few of them have been digitised or made available, either to researchers or the public. In 2020 The National Theatre of Iceland donated its performance library to the National and University Library of Iceland, which the Theatre Museum is a part of. This collection not only includes entire productions, in audio and video formats, but also original music and soundscapes. The Theatre Museum of Iceland is in the process of digitising, cataloguing, and consolidating this collection. Included in this project is to make the process of sharing and archiving productions cross institutions more streamlined in the future. This work is essential to build an overview of the country’s theatre history and a priceless resource for our users.