Historical Research Audit Volunteer

Brighton Dome and Festival

Register your Interest

Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival has embarked on a History and Heritage project, exploring over 200 years of these iconic buildings.

Since August 2018 volunteers have been working with us to research stories of our past. We now need to collate and review this material so that we can find new and exciting ways to present it to the public.

We would like to invite you to help us with this task!

What will you do as a Research Audit Volunteer?

  • Look through existing volunteer research including text and images
  • Help us identify where there are gaps in the three themes we are exploring: Architecture, Social History and Performance History
  • Help us coordinate a list of research to date
  • Help us create an online system for sharing access to research material


We believe our organisation will be strengthened by a diverse workforce. We therefore encourage and warmly welcome applications from people from all backgrounds, and all parts of the community, particularly people who are disabled and people who are from black and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, who are currently under-represented in our organisation.

  • A genuine interest in Brighton, Brighton Dome, The Royal Pavilion Estate, and live entertainment and performance in Brighton over the past 200 years
  • Competency in computer programmes such as Word, Excel and internet search tools (ie Google)
  • Competency in 'Trello' and/or willingness to learn this skill
  • Reliable and Trustworthy (volunteering times can be flexible to work around other commitments)
  • Aged over 18


  • Put to use / develop your skills in administration, research, organisation and presentation
  • Opportunity to learn about the history and heritage of Brighton Dome / see previously unseen archive material / learn about the behind-the-scenes working of a heritage project
  • Opportunity to contribute to content that will hopefully, inspire and educate future generations.

Practical Considerations

Location, Availability and Commitment

  • Volunteering for this role will take place at 12a Pavilion Buildings, Castle Square, Brighton, BN1 1EE
  • Occasionally volunteers may visit Brighton Museum, The Royal Pavilion, Libraries and/or The Keep at Falmer. (Travel expenses will be reimbursed for trips outside the city centre in agreement with the Volunteer Manager)
  • This volunteering role begins in September 2019 and is expected to last approximately 3 weeks, (with the opportunity to continue as a Historical Research volunteer)
  • Suggested commitment 3 - 4 hours per week, but can be flexible

When do I need to be available?

Details This opportunity is available from September 2019 and is expected to last approximately 3 weeks (with potential to continue as a Heritage Volunteer) Suggested commitment: 3 - 4 hours per week but can be flexible The majority of this role will be office-based as the volunteer will need to have access to our archive materials and networked files, however reasonable adjustments can be made according to the access / flexibility needs of the successful candidate.
Morning Afternoon Evening

Where does this role take place?

12a Pavilion Buildings
Castle Square
East Sussex

Register your Interest

  • Details
  • Appropriate for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BME, Women only)
    Welcome BAME Applicants aged 18+
  • Disabled Access
    BDBF have recently achieved Level 1 of the Disability Confident scheme and are currently working towards level 2. For volunteers with disabilities we would offer support around reasonable adjustments to enable them to take on volunteering opportunities with us.
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
    Up to £5 travel for any volunteer activity outside the city centre (any other expenses agreed individually with each volunteer on a case by case basis)
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers