HC Deb 05 March 1970 vol 797 cc607-8
19. Sir Clive Bossom

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what plans he is now making to en- courage the formation of a National Theatre Museum.

Miss Jennie Lee

About 1,500 sq. ft. of space is being provided within the new National Theatre building to house the Mander-Mitchenson Collection. In the meantime, the history of the British theatre is well represented in the collections of many libraries and museums, including the British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and the London Museum. I know that the hon. Gentleman would like these to be pooled, but the question of priorities comes into this. It is not exactly a neglected field.

Sir Clive Bossom

Will the right hon. Lady be willing to help the British Theatre Museum, now housed at Leighton House, Kensington? It may well have to move next year. Would she be willing to try to find it alternative accommodation?

Miss Lee

I am always willing to help to the limit of my powers.