Historical Research Volunteer

Historical Research Volunteer – Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival

The Grade I listed Brighton Dome has a rich 200-year history. Built by Prince Regent as a stable block, our venue has transformed from a Victorian skating rink, to a WW1 military hospital, and is now a leading performing arts venue.

We are looking for volunteers to help us uncover some of the hidden histories of these iconic buildings. Your research will directly contribute to material that appears in the newly re-opened Corn Exchange and Studio theatre and in future exhibitions.

Research Volunteers will be looking at a number of stories including Regency Brighton, Brighton in the 1960’s when the first Brighton Festival began, how the Dome and Corn Exchange relates to the history of Black and Minority Ethnic communities, from the thousands of Indian Soldiers who were hospitalised here in WW1 to some of the iconic names in music, dance and theatre who have performed here, along with research into the architecture of the buildings and their many uses over the years.

What might you do as a Heritage Research Volunteer:

• Look through existing Brighton Dome and Festival research including notes, documents and images, and pull together this material in one place.

• Carry out independent research:

o Online

o at libraries

o using books

o using documents and images from the Royal Pavilion and Museums, and Brighton Dome and Festival

• Work with specialist staff at Brighton Dome and Festival and at the Royal Pavilion and Museums.

• Visits to The Keep at Falmer, and the Royal Pavilion and Brighton Museum to look through their resources.

• Present your work to the public and to staff at Brighton Dome and Festival Open Days.

What will you get out of it?

• Meet new people, build confidence.

• Learn research, computer and presentation skills

• Gain or put to good use your skills and experience to uncover hidden stories, working with Brighton Dome and Festival and Royal Pavilion and Museum staff

• Contribute to heritage and history material for the newly re-opened Brighton Dome and Corn Exchange and future exhibitions.

• Make new friends

• 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.

What skills and experience might you have?

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.

• an Interest in Brighton, Brighton Dome, The Royal Pavilion Estate and/or Performance history

• Ability to use basic computer programmes such as Word, Excel and internet search tools (ie Google) and/or a willingness to learn these skills

• Reliable and trustworthy (volunteering times are flexible to enable volunteers to work around other commitments)

• Aged over 18 (for insurance purposes) but if you are under 18 and interested in volunteering, please do get in touch as we hope to develop under 18’s volunteering soon!

Location, availability and commitment

• Volunteering location is flexible including home, libraries or community centres with internet access or in the Brighton Dome and Festival Administration Offices :12a, Pavilion Buildings, Castle Square, Brighton, BN1 1EE.

• Occasionally volunteers may visit Brighton Jubilee Library, The Royal Pavilion and Museums and The Keep at Falmer. (Travel expenses will be reimbursed for trips outside the city centre up to £5 in agreement with the Volunteer Coordination Manager).

• This opportunity is available immediately and has the potential to be ongoing.

• Suggested commitment: 1 – 2 hours per week but can be flexible

• Brighton Dome Open Days and Events

Application Process

There are several ways you can apply for this volunteering position:

Download an application form
Download our equalities monitoring form

Or complete our online application survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LVY6N6X

• Print and complete the word application form and Equal Opportunities form return them to Catherine Gill, 12a, Pavilion Buildings, Castle Square, Brighton, BN1 1EE or email it to catherine.gill@brightondome.org

• Request a copy of the application forms to be sent to you by post.

o Please advise if you would like us to create a large-print copy of the form for you.

• Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an informal interview with the Volunteer Coordination Manager. This interview can take place via telephone if requested. Please advise us if you have any access requirements.