Backstage Heritage Collection – Archive

This section of Theatrecrafts.com 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
VL Artisan Plus (2.56Mb)
Architects Journal: A Visual Feast
Beck Interiors: London Hippodrome Conversion
S63 Batten Datasheet (3Mb)
Celco 60 Major Control desk
Compton Strand Story by Kingsley Herbert (2.22Mb)
Duet Setup Notes (1.81Mb)
Duet - Program Description (12.32Mb)
Duet Maintenance - Memory Test (German) (2.26Mb)
Duet Maintenance - Circuit Descriptions (19.11Mb)
Duet Maintenance - VDU Wiring (623kb)
Duet Maintenance - Submaster Panel (3.08Mb)
Duet Maintenance - Pin Patch (2.28Mb)

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About the Backstage Heritage Collection 

Talks, Seminars and Interviews

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

Manufacturers

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.

Collections

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

Exhibits

Items of historical interest on display around the world

People

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

Timeline

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

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