Welcome to our alpha version! We're offering a sneak peek into our rehearsal process as we migrate In the Spotlight to Zooniverse. Your comments and questions will help improve this project!

In the Spotlight

Help bring past performances from the British Library’s historic playbills collection to life.

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Transcribe dates - help us put these playbills into historical context by noting the first performance date mentioned. A quick task!

Mark and transcribe titles - the titles of plays and other performances occur in different locations and sizes relative to the other text on a playbill. Please draw an outline around titles then transcribe them. A longer task, depending how many titles there are.

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Percent complete

By the numbers

32
Volunteers
4,724
Classifications
2,190
Subjects
1,650
Completed subjects

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About In the Spotlight

A translation of the LibCrowds In the Spotlight project

Help rediscover popular entertainment from the past 300 years by transcribing names and performances on the playbills of Britain’s old theatres.

Welcome to our alpha version! We're offering a sneak peek into our rehearsal process as we migrate In the Spotlight to Zooniverse. Your comments and questions will help improve this project!

In the Spotlight

Help bring past performances from the British Library’s historic playbills collection to life.

Learn more
Get Started!

Transcribe dates - help us put these playbills into historical context by noting the first performance date mentioned. A quick task!

Mark and transcribe titles - the titles of plays and other performances occur in different locations and sizes relative to the other text on a playbill. Please draw an outline around titles then transcribe them. A longer task, depending how many titles there are.

Zooniverse Talk

Chat with the research team and other volunteers!

Join in

In the Spotlight Statistics

View more stats

Keep track of the progress you and your fellow volunteers have made on this project.

Every click counts! Join In the Spotlight's community to complete this project and help researchers produce important results. Click "View more stats" to see even more stats.

Percent complete

By the numbers

32
Volunteers
4,724
Classifications
2,190
Subjects
1,650
Completed subjects

Message from the researcher

Connect with the research team on Talk to learn more about this project!

About In the Spotlight

A translation of the LibCrowds In the Spotlight project

Help rediscover popular entertainment from the past 300 years by transcribing names and performances on the playbills of Britain’s old theatres.