Brighton Dome Oral History Project

Brighton Dome and Festival

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The iconic Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre are undergoing a huge redevelopment to provide state of the art multi-arts venue facilities in the heart of the city.

Local people and visitors to the city have been coming to the Dome for generations. This project will collect memories and stories about the people who have passed through these buildings over the years. We will capture its heritage and share the role it has played in the lives of Brighton & Hove residents, including staff, audiences and the wider community.

We are looking for volunteers to join the Oral History Team and help us record memories of audiences and staff past and present. The memories we gather will feed into future tours and exhibitions at Brighton Dome and help us share our heritage with generations to come.

We are seeking volunteer researchers for 2-4 hours per week for this project who can research independently and record oral history interviews when convenient for you, monthly research sess

Skills

  •  Good written and spoken English
  •  An interest in local history
  •  A positive and imaginative approach to volunteering
  • Good interpersonal and team working skills

We believe that diversity strengthens and enriches us, and that it is the responsibility of everyone at Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival to make the arts and cultural sector a more diverse and equal place. As Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) and disabled people are currently under-represented at Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival, we particularly encourage and welcome applications from BAME and disabled applicants.


Benefits

  • Meet new people, build confidence.
  • Learn research, computer, interview and presentation skills
  • Contribute to heritage and history material for the newly re-opened Brighton Dome and Corn Exchange and future tours and exhibitions.
  • We are happy to provide references for our volunteers
  • On occasion, free or reduced price tickets may become available We do not guarantee you tickets, but as a volunteer you may be able to apply for these. Tickets are offered on a first come, first served basis.  

Practical Considerations

  • Volunteering location for this project will be flexible based on the needs of the project / interviewees: Training and work might take place at: the Brighton Open Market, libraries or community centres with internet access, interviewees homes, the Brighton Dome venue or in the Brighton Dome and Festival Administration Offices :12a, Pavilion Buildings, Castle Square, Brighton, BN1 1EE.
  • Travel expenses will be reimbursed in agreement with the Volunteer Coordination Manager.
  • This opportunity is available immediately and will last until the end of July 2020
  • Commitment: We are looking for volunteers who can commit to the project for a period of 9 months until July 2020. Volunteers will need to attend eight  two hour research session once a month from December 19–  July 2020.

These research sessions take place on:

  • 18TH Dec 2 – 4pm
  • 22nd Jan 2 – 4pm
  • 19th Feb 2 – 4pm
  • 18th March 2-4pm
  • 22nd April 2-4pm
  • 20th May 2020
  • 24th June 2-4pm
  • 22nd July 2-4pm

We will offer you a free one day oral history training day in January 2020, with a follow up oral history practice training day in April 2020. Following this, you will participate in a series of recorded interviews to gather performance memories from local people and performers, and to work with the material they produce to extract quotes and stories. These will then be archived and used to celebrate The Dome in Brighton and Hove culture.

We would also like to invite you to attend sporadic Brighton Dome Open Days and Events in 2019 and 2020 to support this project engagement.

When do I need to be available?

Start Date 18/12/2019
End Date 31/07/2020
Details We are looking for volunteers who can commit to the project for a period of 9 months until July 2020. Volunteers will need to attend eight two hour research session once a month from December 19– July 2020. These research sessions take place on: o 18TH Dec 2 – 4pm o 22nd Jan 2 – 4pm o 19th Feb 2 – 4pm o 18th March 2-4pm o 22nd April 2-4pm o 20th May 2020 o 24th June 2-4pm o 22nd July 2-4pm • We will offer you a free one day oral history training day in January 2020, with a follow up oral history practice training day in April 2020. Following this, you will participate in a series of recorded interviews to gather performance memories from local people and performers, and to work with the material they produce to extract quotes and stories. These will then be archived and used to celebrate The Dome in Brighton and Hove culture. • We would also like to invite you to attend sporadic Brighton Dome Open Days and Events in 2019 and 2020 to support this project engagement.
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Register your Interest

  • Details
  • Suitable only for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BAME, Women only)
    LGBT BME and others!
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
  • Support on Offer
  • Training