In the Spotlight

Bring past performances from the British Library’s historic playbills collection to life.

Help rediscover popular entertainment from the past 300 years by transcribing names and performances on the playbills of Britain’s old theatres.


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All datasets generated from the experimental crowdsourcing projects hosted by are made available under a CC0 license and can be downloaded by anyone in JSON or CSV formats. Visit the data page to find out more.

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