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Background imageActs Collection: Brockhall Hospital, Langho, near Blackburn, Lancashire

Brockhall Hospital, Langho, near Blackburn, Lancashire
Aerial view of Brockhall Hospital at Langho, near Blackburn, Lancashire, established in 1904 by the Lancashire Inebriates Acts Board as an inebriate reformatory for women

Background imageActs Collection: How Pianola Works 1912

How Pianola Works 1912
How the player-piano works - air passes through the holes in the piano-roll and acts on the bellows mechanism, causing a hammer to strike a key

Background imageActs Collection: George Formby

George Formby
Entertainer George Formby (1904-1961) and his wife Beryl Formby, nee Ingham (1901-1960), also a variety artist. Date: 1940

Background imageActs Collection: The maiden flight of the first BAe146 G-SSSH from Hatfield

The maiden flight of the first BAe146 G-SSSH from Hatfield
The maiden flight of the first BAe146, G-SSSH, from Hatfield on 3 September 1981. A BAe125 acts as chase plane. Date: 1981

Background imageActs Collection: Colonel Redvers Buller at Inhlobane, Zulu War, 1879

Colonel Redvers Buller at Inhlobane, Zulu War, 1879
Illustration showing Colonel (later General) Sir Redvers Henry Buller (1839-1908) (centre, on horse) rescuing Captain D Arcy during a skirmish with Zulu warriors on Inhlobane Mountain, 1879

Background imageActs Collection: Programme design, Gilbert & Sullivan, Princess Ida

Programme design, Gilbert & Sullivan, Princess Ida, Savoy Theatre, London. A respectful operatic perversion of Tennysons " Princess" in Three Acts. circa 1880s

Background imageActs Collection: Circus Poster / Paris

Circus Poster / Paris
A poster for Cirque d ete (Summer circus) in the Champs Elysees, Paris. Open every evening, there are clowns, lions and horses, to name but a few acts

Background imageActs Collection: Saint Hermione

Saint Hermione
The virgin Hermione was one of the four daughters of deacon Philip, mentioned in Acts of the Apostles. She was decapitated in the reign of the emperor Trajan. Date: 1st - 2nd century

Background imageActs Collection: The Ascension of Jesus

The Ascension of Jesus - Acts 1. circa 1688

Background imageActs Collection: Damascus Street 1933

Damascus Street 1933
Straight Street, Damascus, Syria, where, in the New Testament of the Bible (Acts 9; 11), the blinded St. Paul was cared for by Judas. Date: 1933

Background imageActs Collection: Conversion of St Paul on the road to Damascus

Conversion of St Paul on the road to Damascus, as described in the Acts of the Apostles

Background imageActs Collection: Damascus, Syria - Ancient Walls (St. Pauls escape)

Damascus, Syria - Ancient Walls (St. Pauls escape)
Damascus, Syria - Ancient Wall - connected (in some way) to the flight of Saint Paul, forced to flee the city under the cover of night after explosive reactions from Jews opposed to his teachings

Background imageActs Collection: Vaudeville frolic 15 acts : Gala midnight show New Years ev

Vaudeville frolic 15 acts : Gala midnight show New Years eve. Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of Vaudeville Frolic at the Savoy Theatre, San Diego, California

Background imageActs Collection: Vaudeville frolic Gala midnight show New Years eve : 15 act

Vaudeville frolic Gala midnight show New Years eve : 15 acts. Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of Vaudeville Frolic at the Savoy Theatre, San Diego, Calif

Background imageActs Collection: Stand by the countrys girlhood - The YWCA acts for you

Stand by the countrys girlhood - The YWCA acts for you. Poster showing a portrait of a young woman. Date 1918

Background imageActs Collection: No No Nanette, Theatre Mogador, Paris, France

No No Nanette, Theatre Mogador, Paris, France
No No Nanette, an American operetta in three acts, at the Theatre Mogador, Paris, France. circa 1926

Background imageActs Collection: Poster, Scala, A Fleur de Peau by SEM

Poster, Scala, A Fleur de Peau by SEM (Georges Goursat 1863-1934) Lithograph in colour, 31ins. x 23ins. Date: circa 1904

Background imageActs Collection: Don Quixote And Sancho Panza

Don Quixote And Sancho Panza
An album sketch portraying Sancho Panza, a fictional character from Don Quixote a novel written by Don Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra in 1605

Background imageActs Collection: In Memoriam

In Memoriam
An etching which acts as a tribute to the lives lost during World War 1, elements include a memorial stone, which reads 1914-1915, 1916-1917 indicating those that have died during this period

Background imageActs Collection: If Dreams Came True

If Dreams Came True
This painting acts as an advertisement for De Reszke Cigarettes, and was inspired by the artist, from a letter sent by a military officer at the front to the cigarette manufacturers

Background imageActs Collection: Canal Boat

Canal Boat
A painting of some figures waling along a platform which acts as a side to a canal, where a large red barge boat is travelling. Date: circa 1916

Background imageActs Collection: Catherine The Great Colour Screen

Catherine The Great Colour Screen
A design for a colour screen for the third and fourth acts of Catherine The Great, by British journalist, theatre critic and author, Huntly Carter. Date: circa 1915

Background imageActs Collection: Roller Skating Show

Roller Skating Show
Bella Avalon and Percy Athos perform an act on rollerskates in The New Prince's Frivolities at the New Prince's Theatre in London (later known as the Shaftesbury Theatre). Date: 1925

Background imageActs Collection: Las Tamayos, Dancing Twins

Las Tamayos, Dancing Twins
Spanish twins Consuelo and Amparo, known as Las Tamayos, publicising their dancing act at the Empress Rooms in the Kensington Royal Palace Hotel. Date: circa 1925

Background imageActs Collection: Playtime at the Piccadilly

Playtime at the Piccadilly
Performers in Playtime at the Piccadilly, a cabaret show at the Piccadilly Hotel. The artists pictured are Mimi Jordan, Rene Lorrimore, Evelyn Wrentmor, Amelia Allen

Background imageActs Collection: The Revue Show Yoicks!

The Revue Show Yoicks!
The revue show Yoicks! at the Kingsway Theatre, with images of performer Marjorie Gordon (1893-1983). Date: 1924

Background imageActs Collection: Arator De Actibus Apostolorum (Fragment)

Arator De Actibus Apostolorum (Fragment)
Parchment leaf containing several texts in different hands. Probably originally from a copy of Arator's Acts of the Apostles or De Actibus Apostolorum

Background imageActs Collection: Tommy Trinder

Tommy Trinder
Sketch depicting comedian Tommy Trinder (1909-1989) appearing in Band Waggon at the London Palladium. Date: 1939

Background imageActs Collection: Freddie Schweitzer and Marion Bellet

Freddie Schweitzer and Marion Bellet
Sketch depicting variety acts Freddie Schweitzer and Marion Bellet & The English Brothers. Presumably they were supporting Arthur Askey and Richard Murdoch at the London Palladium. Date: 1939

Background imageActs Collection: Arthur Askey and Richard Murdoch

Arthur Askey and Richard Murdoch
Sketch depicting comedians Arthur Askey (1900-1982) and Richard Murdoch (1907-1990). Their radio show Band Waggon had been a hit in 1938, and was turned into a stage show which they took on tour

Background imageActs Collection: Maurice and Cordoba, dancers

Maurice and Cordoba, dancers
Dance partners Maurice and Cordoba, appearing at the Savoy Hotel. Date: circa 1939

Background imageActs Collection: Mlle Ameta Butterfly Dancer

Mlle Ameta Butterfly Dancer
Performance artist Mlle Ameta uses costume, lighting effects and newly-invented machinery to perform her butterfly dance in Vienna. Date: circa 1910

Background imageActs Collection: A new law gave the tenant a right to a third of his freehold

A new law gave the tenant a right to a third of his freehold, seven years rent; twenty-one years rent being the average value of a freehold in Ireland

Background imageActs Collection: MAGIC FLUTE LIEBIG 4

MAGIC FLUTE LIEBIG 4
(The Magic Flute) Act 1, Scene 17 : Pamina explains to Sarastro why she ran away, and he reveals that he is not a wicked kidnapper, but acts under compulsion. Date: first performed 1791

Background imageActs Collection: Noel Coward acts in his own play with Ann Trevor. Dressed for dinner

Noel Coward acts in his own play with Ann Trevor. Dressed for dinner, they peer anxiously out of a window. Date: 1923

Background imageActs Collection: Chairman of the Ypres Last Post Committee with bugles

Chairman of the Ypres Last Post Committee with bugles
The Ceremony of the Last Post, in which firemen buglers play the Last Post under the Menin Gate at 8pm each night is, in its simplicity, one of the most moving acts of Remembrance in the world

Background imageActs Collection: Sketches at the Hippodrome, 1909 by Norman Morrow

Sketches at the Hippodrome, 1909 by Norman Morrow
Various performers at the re-opened London Hippodrome in August 1909. Acts included the Ahearn Troupe who seem to be comedy cyclists, The Marvellous Schenk Brothers, Braatz Performing Dogs

Background imageActs Collection: Newest turns at the London Hippodrome 1900

Newest turns at the London Hippodrome 1900
Newest turns at the London Hippodrome in October 1900 - Eugene Sandow, the famous strong man, Ghezzi the clown, the Sisters O Meers, the clever wire artists and M. Batty and his famous bear

Background imageActs Collection: Flying the Flume at Crystal Palace 1904

Flying the Flume at Crystal Palace 1904
French Mademoiselle Dutrien (le fleche humaine), the human arrow, performing at Crystal Palace, London. After riding down a curving track on her bicycle which falls some seventy feet

Background imageActs Collection: Playbill, Empire Theatre, Belfast, Ireland, November 1921

Playbill, Empire Theatre, Belfast, Ireland, November 1921
Playbill for Empire Theatre, Belfast, November 1921 - The Weldonn Singers are top of the bill, alongside Will Luff, Henri Hilton, Three Godwyns, Reg Jecks and Vera Vivian

Background imageActs Collection: Music cover, Das Dreimaderlhaus, by Franz Schubert

Music cover, Das Dreimaderlhaus, by Franz Schubert
Music cover, Das Dreimaderlhaus (House of the Three Girls), by Franz Schubert, a Viennese pastiche operetta in three acts, rearranged by Heinrich Berte

Background imageActs Collection: Poster, Army Reserve, Military Service Acts, 1916, WW1

Poster, Army Reserve, Military Service Acts, 1916, WW1
Poster, Army Reserve, Military Service Acts, 1916 (dated 30 January 1917). 1917

Background imageActs Collection: Poster, take care! Official Secrets Acts

Poster, take care! Official Secrets Acts
Poster, take care! you must not lose documents or drawings, see the notice, Official Secrets Acts, it concerns you. circa 1950

Background imageActs Collection: Between the Acts, ballet dancer reading

Between the Acts, ballet dancer reading
Between the Acts by Gordon Nicoll. A ballet dancer reads a magazine in the dressing room during a pause in the performance. Date: 1928

Background imageActs Collection: Charles James Fox speaking out in Parliament against slavery

Charles James Fox speaking out in Parliament against slavery
Charles James Fox (1749-1806), British Whig Statesman, MP and ardent anti-slavery campaigner, shown here speaking out in Parliament against the slave trade

Background imageActs Collection: Bertram W. Mills Circus at Olympia, London 1928

Bertram W. Mills Circus at Olympia, London 1928
Show at Olympia, London twice daily over the Christmas season the Bertram Mills Circus with a bear performing, classical Gladiators, trapeze, clowns and much more Date: 1928

Background imageActs Collection: Exodus from Whitecross Street debtors prison 1870

Exodus from Whitecross Street debtors prison 1870
Whitecross Street Prison was a debtors prison in Islington, London, capable of holding up to 500 prisoners. At five minute pass twelve on New Years Eve a new act was passed

Background imageActs Collection: Crucifixion of Saint Peter

Crucifixion of Saint Peter (Acts of the Apostles) Date: 1st century



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