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Access to Archives (A2A)
The A2A database contains catalogues describing collections held locally in England and Wales and dating from the eight century to the present day.
Applause South West
Search shows and performers in the South West from 1700's, based on the archives held in Plymouth Library Theatre Archive
ARCHON Directory
Provides contact details for all record repositories in the UK which have substantial collections of manuscripts.
Arthur Lloyd
Theatre & Music Hall site dedicated to the Lion Comique, Arthur Lloyd, 1839-1904. Also includes information on London's theatres & music halls, provincial theatres, variety, pantomime, backstage, songs, posters and maps.
Backstage - Performing Arts Project
A database of museums and libraries with collections related to the performing arts in the United Kingdom.
BBC Written Archives
The BBC's written records stretching back to the company's foundation in 1922.
British Film Institute (BFI) National Archive
One of the world's greatest collections of film and television.
Bibliography of Cornish Medieval Drama
Reference site for Cornish Medieval Drama.
The Birmingham Shakespeare Library
Founded in 1864, this is one of the world's best collections of works by & about Shakespeare.
Bristol Central Library – Family history and local studies
Holds local sources including books, newspapers, maps, illustrations, photographs and an oral history archive.
Bristol Central Library - Reference Library
The Reference Library holds backcopies of local newspapers.
Bristol Record Office online catalogue
The Online Catalogue contains the fully searchable details of many records held by Bristol Record Office.
British Library Sound Archive - Drama and Literature section
Holding a unique collection of drama, including live performances from the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Court Theatre.
British Library Theatre Archive Project
This website accompanies a five-year project (2003-2008) to reinvestigate British theatre history 1945-1968, from the perspectives of both the theatregoer and the practitioner.
Dartington Hall Trust Archive & Collection
The archive includes papers relating to the School of Dance Mime, the Michael Chekhov Theatre Studio, the company records of the Globe & Queen's Theatres Ltd 1930-1962, & Kurt Jooss & the Ballets Jooss.
Doc Rowe Archive & Collection
Collection of material on past and contemporary vernacular art & popular culture in Britain and Ireland. Includes material on folklore, song, dance and cultural traditions.
D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
History of the company & its productions.
Garrick Club
Link to the Garrick Club's Art Collection & Library Catalogues.
Ellen Terry and Edith Craig Database
A Guide to the Papers from Smallhythe Place, relating to Ellen Terry and her daughter, Edith Craig
Golden Age of British Theatre (1880-1920)
Website with information on British actors of the period.
Guide to Online Schools - Humanities Resource List
A useful directory of resources and guides.
Harvard Theatre Collection
The Harvard Theatre Collection is the oldest major theatre collection in the world. Its holdings cover American & British theatre, European & Russian theatre, opera & musical theatre, ballet & dance, & popular entertainment.
Henry Irving Foundation
Link to the Henry Irving Foundation's website devoted to Henry Irving's correspondence.
International Performing Arts Museums
A list of links to international museums and libraries with collections related to the performing arts.
Internet Shakespeare Editions
Over 3000 pages ranging from scholarly, fully annotated texts of Shakespeare's plays to multimedia explorations of the context of Shakespeare's life and works, and records of his plays in performance.
Internet Theatre Database
Information on plays performed mainly on Broadway, but beginning to cover some London West End shows.
Lindsay Anderson Archive
Archive of the film and Theatre Director Lindsay Anderson which may be of interest to researchers looking at the work of Alan Tagg
Medieval Drama Links
Useful website on Medieval Drama by Sydney Higgins, Professor of English, Università di Camerino, Italy.
The National Archives (TNA)
TNA is the official archive of England, Wales and the central UK.
National Fairground Archive (NFA)
The NFA holds a unique collection of photographic, printed, manuscript and audiovisual material covering all aspects of the culture of travelling showpeople, their organisation as a community, their social history and everyday life; and the artefacts and machinery of fairgrounds.
National Register of Archives (NRA)
The NRA contains information on the nature and location of manuscripts and historical records that relate to British history.
National Theatre Archive
Archive documenting the work of the National Theatre since 1963
National Theatre Posters
Posters from the National Theatre Archive
Online University of Photography
Useful and interesting information on Lantern Slides
The Bunnett-Muir Musical Theatre Archive Trust
Performing Arts Data Service (PADS)
Details of the digital Theatre, Film, Television, Music and Dance records that are held by PADS
Royal Opera House
Royal Opera House Collections catalogue and performance database
RSC Performance Database
Information about plays, productions and the creative and performing artists who have been involved with the Royal Shakespeare Company and its predecessors in Stratford-upon-Avon from 1879 to the present.
Scottish Theatre Archive - Glasgow University
Archive collection concentrating on Scottish theatre, with electronic catalogue
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Holds the Shakespeare Centre Library, and the archives of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre 1879-1960, and Royal Shakespeare Company
Shakespeare Institute Library, University of Birmingham
Research and postgraduate Centre at the University of Birmingham
Society for Theatre Research
For all those interested in the history and technique of the British theatre
Go behind-the-scenes of British theatre to explore the people & processes involved with the productions at the National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic & Birmingham Rep.
Templeman Library, University of Kent
Victorian and Edwardian theatre collection
London Metropolitan Archives is home to a wide collection of London theatre records. This website provides an overview of a century of London theatre and tells the story of some of the playhouses with the most illustrious histories.
Theatres Trust
The Theatres Trust aim is to promote the better protection of theatres. The Trust holds a considerable archive of material relating to theatre buildings, including the Faulkner Collection of photographs, the Brereton Collection, as well as photographs, plans & records.
The Archive of Theatrical Scenery
The Archive of Theatrical Scenery by Brunskill and Loveday Limited.
University of Bristol Library Services - Internet links for Drama
A list of links to internet sites for those studying drama.
V&A Theatre Collections, London
The V&A Theatre Collections exist to increase the enjoyment, understanding and study of the history, craft and practice of the performing arts in Britain. The collections are the largest of their type in the world and include a very wide range of documents, artefacts and works of art which record the history of the performing arts in Britain from the sixteenth century to the present.