Jocelyn Herbert Post Doctoral Fellowship at the University of the Arts London and the National Theatre

The Jocelyn Herbert Post Doctoral Fellowship at the University of the Arts London and the National Theatre has been created to develop and undertake an agreed post-doctoral project which is centred on research into the Jocelyn Herbert Archive.

The first Jocelyn Herbert Fellow, Eleanor Margolies, looked at the importance of scale models in Jocelyn Herbert’s practice, and at her participation in discussions about the design of the Oliver Theatre as a member of the National Theatre Building Committee in the 1960s. She created ‘Playing with Scale’, a major new exhibition at the National Theatre that ran from November 2018 to May 2019 on how theatre designers use set models.

The main output of 2018 Fellow Matthew McFrederick‘s Fellowship was the Staging the Real Theatre Design symposium at the National Theatre, which explored historic and contemporary approaches to presenting the real or realisms in theatre and performance. As well as convening the symposium with Professor Eileen Hogan and Professor Jane Collins, Matthew delivered his paper, ‘Designing the Real: Jocelyn Herbert’s Poetic Realism’, alongside the symposium’s leading speakers: Alex Eales, Polly Teale, Arnold Aronson, Pamela Howard and Roy Williams. To view all the talks from Staging the Real, please visit:

2018 Fellow Sophie Jump created an interactive website, ‘The Role of the Theatre Designer’ for the National Theatre. It demonstrates the crucial role of theatre designers as collaborators in the making of performance. It offers insight into the processes and methodologies of performance design and how designers contribute dramaturgically to productions.

To view resources pages for ‘The Oresteia’ click here –

These pages give a glimpse into what is available in the Jocelyn Herbert Archive, how to use what is there and where else to find information about Jocelyn Herbert or productions she designed. All of the digitised images that Jocelyn Herbert created for the 1981 National Theatre production of The Oresteia are viewable, and there are ideas about ways to use these resources, as well as further resources to explore.