Locations visited by Emilia Fox
Former mayor Samson Fox was a prime mover in a campaign to build Harrogate's magnificent theatre, which was opened in 1903. It's possible to take a guided tour of the building.
Once the world's largest cotton mill, Leeds Industrial Museum "contains exhibits dating from the 18th and 19th centuries that show the history of textiles, clothing and engine and locomotive manufacture in the area". It's here that Emilia learns about her forebear Samson's ingenuity and inventiveness from Neil Dowlan, curator of engineering.
Prince Consort Road
The RCM's main building was paid for by Emilia's great-great grandfather, the industrialist Samson Fox. The buidling was officially opened by the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, who made reference to Samson's "discerning munificence" at the ceremony. More details about visiting the RCM are available on the college's website.
Department of Drama
The theatre collection at Bristol "holds a vast collection of original documents, photographs, film footage and artefacts from theatres, actors, performers, designers and theatre historians". Researchers are welcome to visit, although it's worth checking ahead as not all material is stored on site.
The theatre collection at the V&A has extensive archives, including a record of every theatre performance in London between 1660 and 1959. It's here that Emilia sees memorabilia relating to her great-grandmother Hilda Hanbury's career. For more on the collection, visit the Victoria and Albert Museum's website here.