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Archive opening hours, appointments and charges
Monday - Friday 09.00 - 17.00 hrs
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

We welcome visitors who wish to use the Archive for reference use. Charges for using the Archive are £5 for 5 hours, £10 for a full day (£2.50, £5 for concessions). Trinity Laban staff and students will not be charged. Archive users must schedule an appointment at least a day in advance. To do so, call +44 (0)20 305 9333 or email

How to find the Laban Archive
The Laban Archive is located at the Faculty of Dance, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Laban building, Creekside, London SE8 3DZ. For details of how to find us, go to Find Us.

When you visit
You are required to bring some form of ID with you. This can be a student registration card, driving licence or passport. You will be requested to use pencils when taking notes. We will ask you to deposit your bags and coats in a secure staff area away from the archive documents while you are viewing them. You are permitted to use a laptop whilst viewing documents. No food or drink is permitted near any archive documents, and notices concerning the correct handling of documents are displayed at the archive study area.

Visitors with disabilities
The Laban building had been designed to be accessible to all users. There is a lift to the first floor where the Laban Library and Archive is located. Staff at reception can direct you to this. Toilets for disabled users are located at all levels of the building. Members of staff will direct you to these. Please advise us of any special needs you may have when you book your appointment.

Using the collections for teaching
Tutors and teachers at all levels are welcome to contact staff to discuss how the collections may be incorporated in their teaching. This can include a combination of a group visit to introduce students to using collections and subsequent visits by students and teachers as individual researchers.

Teaching resources
'Rudolf Laban's Suitcase: A citizenship resource for KeyStage 2'
This resource uses photographs from the archives with lesson plans devised by Laban's Education and Community Programme to focus on the life of Rudolf Laban and his journey as a refugee from Nazi Germany to Britain in the late 1930s. For information on accessing this resource, please contact the Learning and Participation - Dance team via the Trinity Laban website.

'Henri Oguike Brightside resource'
This resource focuses on the creative process behind Henri Oguike's choreographic work Brightside, performed by Transitions Dance Company. It uses oral archive material, labanotation, photographs and lesson plans to explore the work. To access this resource, go to the 'Useful links' tab.

Making copies
It is permitted to make one copy of any item for research purposes. You will be required to sign a copyright declaration form before making any copies. Self-service copying is permitted for most of the paper collection apart from fragile items which the Archivist will copy for you. For photographs, the Archivist will make the copy for you, or you can photograph documents yourself. The use of flash photography is not permitted. Charges for copying are displayed at the archive study area in the Laban Library and Archive.

It is not permitted to use handheld scanners in the Archive.

Requests to publish
Under EU copyright regulations the Laban Archive is not permitted to provide copies of ANY material in copyright for a commercial purpose without the permission of the copyright holder. It is your responsibility to obtain permission from the copyright holder. The WATCH website may help you track down copyright holders.

All reproductions must be acknowledged in the published work and all applications to publish items from the Laban Archive that are owned by Trinity Laban must be made in writing to:

Head of Library and Archive,
Faculty of Dance,
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance,
Laban building,
Or email:

A charge may be made for each image reproduced.

The history of the Faculty of Dance at Trinity Laban
For a timeline of major developments in our history and for a resume of the life and work of Rudolf Laban, see About Us.
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