The advent of visual recording started with the invention of the motion picture camera but it was not until 1929 that it found sound. For much of the early part of the last century and before we have to rely on photographs and silent recordings of stage performances – luckily much of this still exists and Overtures is actively collecting when it can. Early sound film brought stage performers in the cinema and there were ‘shorts’ of variety acts.
Much of this has been saved and is available through commercial sites. The Overtures Archive has material taken from amateur and professional sources and enhances the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Video Archive. This eventually will be available for research.