Archive Collections

The Laban Archive currently houses 38 archive collections spanning the mid nineteenth century to the present day. They comprise:

  • Laban Core Collections which document the life and work of Rudolf Laban as well as the history and development of Laban from its days as the Art of Movement Studio in Manchester in the 1940s to its current incarnation as part of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
  • Individuals' Collections featuring archives from former pupils and associates of Rudolf Laban as well as students, staff and associates of the Laban Centre.
  • Organisations' Collections including the archive of our in-house dance company, Transitions Dance Company.

All of these collections can be searched on the Laban Archive catalogue.

To use the archive, please book an appointment in advance.

Fees for use of the archive by members of the public
5 hour visit 1 week visit
£5 £10
£2.50 (concession price for students) £5 (concession price for students)


For more information about the archive collections and to book an appointment to visit, please contact the Archivist or call 0208 305 9338


See the Laban Archive Acquisitions and Disposition Policy for information on what the Laban Archive collects.

See a brief history of Laban and biographical information on Rudolf Laban and Bonnie Bird.