This Archive

This archive has been created from a number of sources to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the opening of Croydon’s landmark venue, The Fairfield Halls, on November 2nd 1962.

It is by no means comprehensive, and copyright issues preclude us using some items, however we hope there’s plenty here to give you a flavour of what we’ve done over the last 50 years.


By far the greatest amount of material in this archive has come from the excellently archived records of the Croydon Local History Library which is based at Croydon Central Library. They were extremely helpful and it is a great resource of local and national importance.

The Local Studies Library and Archives Service collection of Fairfield Halls and Ashcroft Theatre programmes is particularly strong before 1993 (when the Fairfield Halls became a charitable trust) but they are always looking to fill in any gaps in their collection. Please contact them if you have any programmes, or other Croydon items, which you would like to donate. You can see further info about the Local Studies Library, and their contact details, by clicking here.

Your Pictures and Memories

We will continue to add material as it gets scanned and key-worded. We are also keen to feature your memories and pictures on the archive. To submit comments or pictures
please click here.

Several Ways to use the Archive

  1. Return to the homepage and enter a word in the ‘Search Our Archive With Any Word:’ box e.g. Beatles, Orchestra, Basie, Jazz. This will bring up a range of images that feature that word somewhere in the title, keywords or description. Then click on the image you are interested in. You can then click on other keywords to see similar images.
  2. Return to the homepage and click on one of the floating ‘Keywords’. This will bring up a range of images that feature that keyword. Then click on the image you are interested in. You can then click on other keywords that are applied to the found image to see similar images.
  3. Return to the homepage and click on one of the pictures in the filmstrip at the bottom of the page. This will bring up a range of images that feature that subject. Then click on the image you are interested in. You can then click on other keywords that are applied to the found image to see similar images.

A Big Thank You!

Thank you to Sarah Peacock, Beverley Pope and Olivia Garner who have mostly given of their time voluntarily to help create this historic record of Fairfield’s first 50 years. We also thank The Big Idea of Wallington who designed the front end of this website and did so at an extremely reasonable rate, please contact them at www.thebigidea.tv for web design, graphic design, marketing, print and advertising. They have worked closely with www.ehive.com to produce this site so this may especially interest any small museums or collections with images they want to share with the world.

eHive

The ‘back-end’ of this archive uses eHive. This is a web based content management and archive system. eHive is free to access ‘cloud’ software that enables museums and collections to share their resources globally across a common indexing platform. It is very clever and we thank eHive for helping us with this project! If you have a collection you want to share with the world, or just to see what else you can find on eHive, then please visit them at www.ehive.com.

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