World Theatre Day – Live Theatre Collections

We have access to a number of collections of live theatre performances that you can enjoy in your own home.

Digital Theatre Plus captures the moments before the curtain rises and after the curtain falls, providing valuable insight into the play making process. We share the hidden drama of the weeks, days, and hours before ‘lights up’ on stage. By revealing the world of the rehearsal room, dressing room, backstage and beyond, our documentaries and interviews introduce theatre as a vibrant, exciting art form through a familiar and accessible medium.

Drawing on 10 years of NT Live broadcasts, alongside high-quality archive recordings never previously seen outside of the NT’s Archive, the National Theatre Collection now contains 24 films.

  • Comedies: She Stoops to ConquerOne Man, Two Guvnors, and London Assurance
  • 20th century classics: YermaThe Cherry OrchardThe Deep Blue Sea and Les Blancs
  • Shakespeare plays: HamletOthelloKing LearMacbethJulius CaesarCoriolanusTwelfth NightThe Winter’s Tale and Romeo and Juliet
  • Literary adaptations: FrankensteinJane EyreTreasure Island and Peter Pan
  • Greek classics: Antigone and Medea
  • World historical drama: Dara

The Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy on Screen


Harriet Walter leads an all female cast in these three productions set in a women’s prison.

Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen 1 (2008-2015) and 2 (2016-2018)

This collection features 21 films recorded live on the Globe stage from leading actors including Mark Rylance, Stephen Fry, and Roger Allam’s Olivier Award-winning role as Falstaff in Henry IV.  Founded by the pioneering American actor and director Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare’s Globe is dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare’s work and the theatre for which he wrote.

Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen 2 (2016-2018) includes 9 landmark productions from the theatre’s most recent seasons, including two productions from Emma Rice’s tenure as Artistic Director and the first production from the indoor Jacobean theatre, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

The RSC Live Collection.

The Royal Shakespeare Company creates theatre at its best, made in Stratford-upon-Avon and shared around the world. The RSC produces an inspirational artistic programme each year, setting Shakespeare in context, alongside the work of his contemporaries and today’s writers.

Brepols journal archives : access to May 31, 2020

Journal archives in the fields of medieval studies, material culture, and romance languages

University of Cambridge members now have access to the back issues of journals published by the humanities publisher Brepols.  The back issues run from volume 1 up to 2011.  The journals now opened up are:

Analecta Bollandiana – Antiquité Tardive – Apocrypha – Bulletin de philosophie médiévale – European Medieval Drama – Food & History – Hortus Artium Medievalium – The Journal of Medieval Latin – Les lettres romanes – Manuscripta – Mediaeval Studies – Le moyen français – Nottingham Medieval Studies – Peritia – Publications du Centre Européen d’Etudes Bourguignonnes – Quaestio – Revue Bénédictine – Romance Philology – Sacris Erudiri – Viator

These backfiles can now be accessed via

Brepols online

Cambridge subscribes to many but not all of Brepols journals, so please note there are some gaps in coverage of years and volumes.

“I Fear Greeks, Even When They Bear Gifts”: The Gifts of Alexios I and the Histories of the First Crusade, from the first issue of Viator

Portrait of the Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Komnenos (r. 1081-1118), 



RILM Music Encyclopedias : trial access

Trial access to the RILM Music Encyclopedias is now enabled for the University of Cambridge to 31 May 2020.

RILM Music Encyclopedias

Please tell us what you think of the encyclopedias using your feedback form.  Thank you.

RILM Music Encyclopedias is an ever-expanding full-text compilation of reference works that facilitates unprecedented combined searches.

It provides comprehensive encyclopedic coverage of the most important fields and subject areas of historical musicology, ethnomusicology, and theory, with topics ranging from popular music and rock, opera, instruments, and blues and gospel to recorded music and women composers. Its content spans multiple countries and languages—currently English, German, French, Italian, Czech, Dutch, Greek, Portuguese, Slovak, and Spanish. New encyclopedias are being added annually and the Komponisten der Gegenwart receives periodic updates. In 2020, the collection includes 57 titles published from 1775 to the present and comprising over 330,000 entries.

Cecilia Bartoli in the Großes Sängerlexikon, 2003

How to use eresources@cambridge: #7 Shibboleth and Institutional Login (Off Campus)

If you find an article you need on a publisher platform you can often log into the platform from off campus using the Shibboleth or institutional login option. Most publishers offer this facility. If you can’t find a Shibboleth or institutional login option you may find the Lean Library browser extension useful.

There should be a ‘log in’ or ‘sign in’ option on most publisher platforms. The option is usually at the top of the screen or in the panel on the right or left side. For this platform the ‘log in’ option is at the top right hand side of the screen.

When you choose the ‘log in’ option you will often have several choices for logging in. You should only enter you Raven credentials into a Raven banded log in screen. If you enter your Raven credentials into a publisher log in screen, like the one shown on the left, without choosing the Shibboleth option you will not get access and you may compromise the security of your Raven account.

The University used to use the Athens authentication method, which is still used by some members of the University who have access to eresources via their NHS affiliation, but we now use Shibboleth (sometimes labelled as Institutinoal) access.

Choosing the Shibboleth option will lead to either a list of institutions that need to be scrolled through in order to find the University, a search bar when you can search for your institution, or a drop down list which requires the local federation to be selected before the institution can be found. We are members of the UK Access Management Federation – we are not often required to take this step.

Once the University of Cambridge has been selected you will be prompted to log in with Raven.

You may be asked to accept terms and conditions of use for Raven after logging in. you are given the option of remembering your choice for 1 year.

Once you have logged in you should see a message at the top of the screen that is similar to the phrase on this platform – ‘Access provided by the University of Cambridge’. You can then search the platform for articles, etc. and will be able to access full text of any content included in our subscription.

If you cannot access what you need you can check if it is include in our eresources collection by searching for it in iDiscover. We may have access to what you need via a different platform.

If you have any questions or want to contact us please do so  ejournals@cambridge helpdesk


History Vault (ProQuest) : access to 31 May 2020

American history of the 19th and 20th century at your fingertips in millions of primary sources from ProQuest History Vault accessible to end May 2020

ProQuest History Vault unlocks the wealth of key archival materials with a single search. Researchers can access digitized letters, papers, photographs, scrapbooks, financial records, diaries, and many more primary source materials taken from the University Publications of America (UPA) Collections.

Access for Cambridge is enabled via this link

ProQuest History Vault

Please use your feedback form to tell how these archives have been useful to you.  Thank you.

Get help on using the History Vault from the History Vault LibGuide.

ProQuest History Vault first launched in 2011 and consists of manuscript and archival collections digitized in partnership and from a wide variety of archival institutions. Major collection areas in History Vault focus on the Black Freedom Movement of the 20th Century, Southern Life and Slavery, Women’s Rights, International Relations, American Politics and Society with a strong focus on the 20th Century, and labor unions, workers and radical politics in the 20th Century. On the topic of civil rights and Black Freedom, History Vault contains records of four of the most important civil rights organizations of the 1950s and 1960s: NAACP, SCLC, SNCC, and CORE.

History Vault’s collections on Slavery and Southern plantations candidly document the realities of slavery at the most immediate grassroots level in Southern society and provide some of the most revealing documentation in existence on the functioning of the slave system. Many of the collections in History Vault were originally available in microfilm from the University Publications of America (UPA) research collections and others come from the University Microfilms International (UMI) research collections with additional collections scanned from the original documents.

Horses in landscape, Franz Marc whose works are recorded in the collection Nazi Looted Art and Assets : Records on the Post-World War II Restitution Process 1942-1998


Historical newspapers (Gale Cengage) : access to 31 May 2020

Unrivalled access to the voices of the past for Cambridge students and researchers : millions of pages of historical newspapers, regional, national, cultural, financial, political …

Digital archives of newspapers provided by Gale Cengage are made available to 31 May 2020, from the Daily Mail to the Telegraph, from the Scots magazine to the Athenian Mercury, from the Financial Times printed at Bracken House, London, to the Young American printed on a discarded hand press by Cyrus Curtis in Portland, Maine, from papers printed on the back of wallpaper when no other paper could be had in 19th century America, to the Coventry Herald, publishing the earliest journalism of George Eliot.

All links to the collections are below.  To search all the collections and titles together go direct to Gale Primary Sources.

Links to titles will be provided in our A-Z of resources in due course.

We look forward to hearing how these rich digital archives have been used by Cambridge readers and scholars so please tell us what you found in them and if and how you think these archives could help you in the future, using your feedback form.  Thank you.

17th and 18th Century Nichols Newspapers Collection

American Amateur Newspapers from the American Antiquarian Society

American Historical Periodicals from the American Antiquarian Society

British Library Newspapers, part III, IV, and V

Daily Mail Historical Archive, 1896-2004

FT Historical Archive, 1888-2016

The Independent Digital Archive 1986-2016

International Herald Tribune Historical Archive 1887-2013

Liberty Magazine Historical Archive 1924-1950

The Listener Historical Archive 1929-1991

Mirror Historical Archive, 1903-2000

Picture Post Historical Archive, 1938-1957

Punch Historical Archive, 1841-1992

Sunday Times Digital Archive, 1822-2016

Telegraph Historical Archive, 1855-2016

Fred Basset has been published in the Daily Mail and The Mail on Sunday from 1963 to the present.   Alex Graham based Fred on his own dog Frieda and drew over 9,000 comic strips.

Refugees, Relief and Resettlement: Forced Migration and World War II : Access to 31 May 2020

University of Cambridge members now have access until 31 May 2020 to Refugees, Relief and Resettlement: Forced Migration and World War II

Access via this link:

Refugees, Relief and Resettlement: Forced Migration and World War II

Tell us what you think of the Refugees, Relief, and Resettlement collection via this feedback form.  Thank you.

Refugees, Relief, and Resettlement: Forced Migration and World War II 

chronicles the plight of refugees and displaced persons across Europe, North Africa, and Asia from 1935 to 1950 through correspondence, reports, studies, organisational and administrative files, and much more. It is the first multi-sourced digital collection to consider the global scope of the refugee crisis leading up to, during, and after World War II.

Gathered together from key sources that include The U.K. National Archives, the British Library, the National Archives Records Administration in the United States, and World Jewish Relief, this archive documents the history of forced migration to uncover the hidden history of those displaced from their homes and the relief, resettlement, and repatriation efforts that followed.

The archive chronicles not only the plight of those made to resettle inside and outside national borders owing to war and ethnic and political persecution, it also addresses the unique factors to give rise to the many kinds of refugees, from evacuees and displaced persons, to population transferees and forced labourers.

Sammellager Koscierzyn, Aussiedlung von Polen

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