Experts from King’s College London and the University of Reading are currently making the largest collection of material on professional theatre and dramatic performance in the age of Shakespeare, available online.
Focuses on the world of traveling entertainment, which brought spectacle to vast audiences across Britain, American and Europe in the 19th and early 20th century. From big tops to carnivals, fairgrounds and dime museums, it covers the history of popular shows and exhibitions from both an audience and professional perspective. The material is strongly visual in focus, featuring hundreds of posters, postcards, photographs, cabinet cards and illustrations.
Explores the relationship between the popularity of Victorian magic shows and conjuring tricks and the emergence of séances and psychic phenomena in Britain and America. The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries saw an explosion of interest in the occult, and the foundation of a new religious movement, Spiritualism. This database covers all aspects of these subjects, from spiritualist pamphlets to the showbusiness empires of leading magicians.