Backstage Heritage Collection – Archive

This section of is the home of the Backstage Heritage Collection. 

Click the links below to explore the site. Equipment listings can be found by Manufacturer. You can also look through specific Collections. A simple search can be carried out in the main site search box above right.
Use a single word as the search term (e.g. search for Cantata rather than Cantata Profile or Strand rather than Strand Electric). 
NEW You can now also search for a particular product using the manufacturer name then the product (e.g. ETC Express or Strand Cantata).

Latest Uploads
LDS MP100 Desk at White Light (147kb)
LDS User Manual (2.69Mb)
R&V Closure Message
Strand Electric quote for System CD for Sadlers Wells (400kb)
Strand Electric quote for Grand Master vs Electronic at St Martins (1.2Mb)
Strand Electric Palladium Lighting Layout
Covent Garden Report by Fred Bentham (2.22Mb)
Letter from Fred Bentham about System CD for Adelphi for Blitz (472kb)
DDM Floppy Drive and Archive Storage with extended keyboard (822kb)
DDM Computer Cabinet (2.02Mb)
DDM Channel Selection and Main Desk (2.63Mb)
DDM 2C at Braunschweig, with accompanying desks (2.66Mb)
DDM2 Drawing Set (19.31Mb)

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About the Backstage Heritage Collection 

Talks, Seminars and Interviews

Exclusive talks from industry professionals about aspects of technical theatre history.


Browse manufacturers for product information, publications and exhibits in the collection.

Types of Equipment

A new (and growing) section look at equipment evolving across different manufacturers.


All of the exhibits & documents are part of Collections, based on who donated them to us.


Items of historical interest on display around the world


Information about some key practitioners in the world of entertainment technoogy, and personnel involved with various manufacturers featured in the archive.

Press & Other Archives

Articles and blogs featuring the Backstage Heritage Collection, and links to other archives

Special Collections – LX Plans 

Lighting plans from the 1950s to the present day

Special Collections – Publications 

Tabs, Lights, Strandlight, Strand News, Live, Cue and Cue International journals to read online


Key documents and equipment for each decade – new section under construction


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