Visit the Archive

Photo: JW Debenham

The Glyndebourne Archive holds a wealth of material for the purposes of research, private study or curiosity.

Visitor information

The Archive Gallery is open pre-performance during the 2012 Festival, from 3pm on Monday – Saturday, and from 2pm on Sundays.

The photographer’s photographer - Angus McBean at Glyndebourne

Welsh-born photographer Angus McBean (1904-1990), became, according to Cecil Beaton, one of the best photographers in the country, and Lord Snowdon has called him a genius.

Throughout the 1940s and 50s McBean was one of Glyndebourne’s commissioned photographers, creating magical images from fifteen productions. The innovations he made and his understanding of the performing arts made him one of the greatest influences on theatrical photography in the last century.

For Festival 2014 the Archive Gallery will be mounting an exhibition drawn from our wonderful collection of this iconic photographers’ work. 


The Archive itself is open Monday to Friday by prior appointment only:

  • May to August 10.00 to 14.00

  • September to April 10.00 to 16.00

Researchers are not allowed personal access to the filing system, but the Archivist will be pleased to discuss individual needs and assemble all relevant material before to any visit.

We do charge for some services, and details are available on request.

Contact details

Please write, fax or email with any enquiries that you wish to make, to request an information pack, or to make an appointment.
Julia Aries
Glyndebourne Archive
East Sussex

Telephone: + 44(0)1273 812321
Fax: + 44(0)1273 812783

Why is there a time limit?

Due to demand from other customers seats are reserved for a maximum of 20 minutes in order to allow you to complete your purchase. If the order has not been completed within this time, all seats will be removed from your basket.