This site has been archived as part of King's Digital Lab (KDL) archiving and sustainability process, following background analysis and consultation with research leads wherever possible.

Project content and data has been stored as a fully backed-up Virtual Machine and can be made available on request (depending on access controls agreed with the Principal Investigator) for a period of at least 2 years from the decommissioning date indicated below.

If you have an interest in this project and would like to support a future phase please contact us by filling in this form.

At its inception, KDL inherited just under 100 digital research projects and websites. Aware of the intellectual and cultural value of many of these projects, with the support of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at King’s College London, KDL took on its responsibility to the community to steward them in a responsible manner. When the options of setting up a Service Level Agreement for further hosting and maintenance with KDL and/or undertaking migration to IT Services at King’s or other institutions were deemed infeasible or inappropriate, the archiving process was initiated.

We would like to thank research leads, the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at King’s College London, and partner institutions, for their support in this process.

For further information on KDL archiving and sustainability process see:

The ELTA website and its digitised theatre collections are currently not available. The University of East London is actively pursuing options for making these available again in the near future. In the meantime, if you have any questions please email We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Project name

East London Theatre Archive

Date of project activity

2007 - 2009

Project principal investigator(s)

Andrew McDonald; Thomas Shaw

Decommission Date

July 2018

Archive URL(s)

Additional links

Internet Archive


The East London Theatre Archive (ELTA), is a database of East London theatre ephemera provided by the V & A Theatre Collections, East London theatres and UEL archives.

ELTA's collection ranges from 1827 to the present day, including playbills and programmes to press cuttings and photographs. It also has themed essays to contextualise the material and maps showing theatre locations.

Between 2009 and 2011 ELTA is also took part in the JISC funded CEDAR Project, an attempt to Cluster and Enhance Digital Archives for Research, so you may notice some changes or additional material.

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