Developed in collaboration with Lighting Up Learning, the University of Bristol Theatre Collection and Bristol Archives, RE:SOURCES shine a light on the amazing stories of a theatre that has been entertaining Bristol for over 250 years. 

RE:SOURCES are made possible with The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Pack 1: Behind the scenes at Bristol Old Vic

Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6

Subject links: Science, Design and Technology, PSHE

The final performance of any play is the result of hard work by lots of different people. The individual elements they contribute are often lost as audiences see only the “finished show”. This resource pack creates awareness of what it takes to put on a performance at Bristol Old Vic. 

Pack 2: If Bristol Old Vic’s walls could talk, what would we hear?

Year 5 and Year 6

Subject links: History, Art and Design 

Primary sources form the basis of all historical investigation. Each object in Bristol Old Vic’s collection tells a unique story about a place, person or time-period. This resource looks at how historians, authors and artists investigate these stories in different ways. 

Pack 3: What makes a good performance great?

Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6

Subject links: History, English

Many of the elements that make performances at Bristol Old Vic successful today have their origins in the Ancient Greek world. This resource explores how theatre has evolved from the ancient world from the modern.

Pack 4: What makes a theatre, a theatre?

Key Stage 2

Subject links: Design and Technology, History, English.

As the oldest continually working theatre in the English-Speaking World, Bristol Old Vic is a fabulous source of historical, geographical and architectural inspiration for learners of all ages. This resource explores what it takes to design and build such an iconic space.