The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0269 Monday, 2 February 2004
Date: Monday, 2 Feb 2004 10:58:01 -0000
Subject: Glynne Wickham
[Apologies for cross-posting]
I am very sorry to have to inform colleagues that Professor Glynne
Wickham, who pioneered the study of Drama in British universities, has
died at home in Bristol. He was 81.
Glynne established the Department of Drama at Bristol, the first in the
country, and in 1960 was appointed to the UK's first Chair in Drama. In
1951 he founded the University of Bristol Theatre Collection, which has
grown to become one of the largest theatre archives. From 1973-99 he was
President of the Society for Theatre Research.
He received many national and international awards in his long and
distinguished career, including, since his retirement, an Honorary
Fellowship from this university in 1996 (the highest award it can give)
and the Sam Wanamaker Award for services to the theatre in 1999. He
retained very close contact with the department here as one of our
Senior Research Fellows.
He published extensively, most recently English Professional Theatre
1530-1660: a documentary history (of which he was editor and co-author)
in 2000; the following year he published the fifth and final volume of
his seminal work, Early English Stages, forty-two years after volume one
appeared - an event that gave him particular pleasure.
There will be a funeral for family and close friends in Bristol next
week, and a celebration of Glynne's life and work will be held at a
later date - full details will follow when known.
Any messages of condolence to his wife Hesel can be sent c/o the
Department of Drama and will be forwarded to her.
Professor of Theatre
Provost of the Institute for Advanced Studies
University of Bristol
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