The Cadbury Research Library has just finished hosting a four-week internship focusing on the Noël Coward archive held there. The internship was funded by the Coward Foundation and the successful applicant was Lucy Mounfield.

The Coward archive at Birmingham is extensive but not fully catalogued. We do have a basic box listing available on our online archive catalogue as a PDF document. Lucy’s internship was divided into a number of small projects including:

Indexing the telegram log books in the collection. Listing the names of correspondents and adding keywords to aid research:

  • Repackaging and basic conservation work
  • Compiling a Noël Coward Resource Guide
  • Writing promotional articles for UoB Careers Network and CRL Newsletter
  • Curating an online exhibition re Coward, using the CRL Flickr page
  • Assisting our Conservator prepare materials for display in our upcoming physical exhibition titled ‘Noël Coward: an entertainer abroad’ which will open next week

We are hoping this is the first stage in trying to obtain funding to fully catalogue the whole of this important, albeit under-used, collection.