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D8089

Alan Turner of Derby (1902-1965), Managing Director of the Ernest Turner group

Newscutting and photograph books relating chiefly to the Alan Turner Opera Company and to the textile factory on Spa Lane in Derby, in five volumes.

1926-1963

D8089/1

Books of cuttings and photographs

 

1926-1963

D8089/1/1

Book of Alan Turner's cuttings and photographs

This volume contains a large number of photographs, cuttings, advertisements and souvenir programmes relating to musical and theatrical entertainments. The following examples are all credited to the Alan Turner Operatic Society and staged at the Rudolf Steiner Hall in London, unless otherwise stated:

Programme for a performance of A A Milne's "The Dover Road" at the Fortune Theatre, Russell Street, London on 13 May 1935 by The SMMT Players (The Staff of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Ltd). Pasted into the back of the volume is a letter to Turner from the SMMT Players, also...

1926-1935

D8089/1/2

Book of Alan Turner's cuttings and photographs

In this volume, performances are generally credited to the Alan Turner Opera Company rather than Operatic Society. As with the first volume in the series, there are numerous adverstisements, photographs, cuttings and programmes, relating to performances at the Rudolf Steiner Hall and other venues. From around 1944, more of the references are to productions taking place in Derby than London - for instance, there is a programme for a performance of Johann Strauss's 1001 Nights with libretto and lyrics by Alan Turner, performed by the Alan Turner Opera Company at the Grand Theatre, Derby, in...

1936-1946

D8089/1/3

Book of Alan Turner's cuttings and photographs

Further photographs, cuttings, advertisements and programmes relating to musical and theatrical entertainments. For example:

Programme for performance by the Alan Turner Ballet and the SMM&T Players at the Fortune Theatre, London, Oct 1949


Items relating to Christianity and industry include:

Article from Derby Evening Telegraph 17 Dec 1947, reporting Alan Turner's speech to the Textile Institute, arguing that the welfare of workers should be improved by removing the fear of uncertain employment and creating a "reasonable wage structure".


Letter to Alan Turner from Archbishop of Cius...

1946-1951

D8089/1/4

Book of Alan Turner's cuttings and photographs

Only the first third of the volume is devoted to musical and theatrical performances. These include advertisements, clippings and photographs relating to a production of Oscar Hammerstein and Jerome Kern's "Show Boat", by the Alan Turner Opera Company at the Hippodrome in Derby, Mar 1951. Many of the photographs show the cast in 19th-century American costume, with some performers wearing black make-up to represent African Americans.


The remaining two-thirds of the volume contains photographs and clippings relating to the subject of Christianity in an industrial setting, including...

1950-1955

D8089/1/5

Book of Alan Turner's cuttings and photographs

This volume is dedicated to the topics of Christianity and industry, and includes items such as:

Copy of the Ernest Turner News, Vol VI, No 9, 1956, relating to the sixth Factory Feast, including a copy of the sermon preached at High Mass by the Very Rev Fr John Baptist Reeves, O.P., on the subject of "God's Plan for a Factory".

Article by Alan Turner in the Universe 15 Oct 1961 concering the French industrialist Leon Harmel (1829-1915), headlined "The employer who may some day be canonised". Harmel's efforts to turn his factory into a Christian community seem to have been an influence on...

1955-1963

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