Am Baile. Highland History and Culture

Am Baile is a comprehensive site is available in both English and Gaelic. It has audio and video materials, illustrations and primary resources. There are, for example, digitised books  relating to the Jacobite episode in Scottish history. For the cartographer there are maps from the Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Music students may be interested in the digitised sheet music (Alexander Grant) and drama students in Highland theatre bills. There are audio recordings of Gaelic prayers and Gaelic songs.


Touchstone is a tool for Shakespeare research in the United Kingdom. Via Touchstone researchers can locate archive collections relating to William Shakespeare, submit queries to the Shakespeare enquiry Service, locate texts, discover information about forthcoming lectures and events, and advertise projects the researcher may be involved in.

Theatre Archive Project

The Theatre Archive Project is a British Library / De Montfort University collaboration. The website accompanies a major project to reinvestigate British theatre history 1945-1968, from the perspectives of both the theatregoer and the practitioner. There are transcripts of interviews with choreographers, stage workers, actors, sound designers, comedians, playwrights (e.g. Peter Nichols, Ann Jellicoe, Arnold Wesker, Michael Frayn), actors (Glenda Jackson, Corin Redgrave, Joan Plowright), theatre managers, theatre-goers, variety performers, magicians, and others. There are links to podcasts such as an interview with Harold Pinter, and links to websites of interest to students of British theatre and British arts in general.

Performing Arts Encyclopedia

The Performing Arts Encyclopedia is a Library of Congress resource in which you can explore music theatre and dance. Library of Congress has extensive archives for research into dancers such as Cole, Hawkins, Nuryev, and St. Denis and many more, though unfortunately these resources are not online. The encyclopedia has, however, an excellent online resource for the modern dance exponents Martha Graham, and Katherine Dunham. The Martha Graham Collection gives photographs and information on all of her 166 ballets, with press cuttings of reviews. The Dunham Collection includes videos demonstrating Dunham techniques. There is also an online Aaron Copeland Collection which can be browsed by title, composition, and correspondence.

East London Theatre Archive

  The East London Theatre Archive (ELTA) is a database of East London theatre ephemera provided by the V. & A. Theatre Collections, East London theatres and University of East London archives.  ELTA’s collection ranges from 1827 to the present day, including playbills and programmes to press cuttings and photographs.  Themes such as women in  nineteenth century theatre, crime and punishment, pantomime, etc., help to contextualise the collection.

Henslowe-Alleyn Digitisation Project

The Archive of Dulwich College in London, England, holds thousands of pages of manuscripts left to the College by its founder, the eminent actor Edward Alleyn (1566-1626). This archive includes his personal and professional papers and those he inherited from his father-in-law Philip Henslowe (d. 1616). As a group, these manuscripts comprise the largest and most important single extant archive of material on the professional theatre and dramatic performance in early modern England, the age of Shakespeare, Marlowe, Jonson, Middleton, Heywood, Dekker, Chettle, and so many of their contemporaries and colleagues.

The Henslowe-Alleyn Digitaisation Project will make the largest collection of material on professional theatre and dramatic performance in the age of Shakespeare available online.