Oral History Volunteer – Back to the Gaiety

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For over 100 years, we’ve hosted the very best in Scottish Variety. Situated in the heart of Ayrshire, The Gaiety is the last of its kind on the British Mainland and one of the oldest theatres in Scotland.

After a forced closure in 2009, there was a real threat the doors would never re-open but, just four years later, and with hard-won backing from local and national government, The Gaiety was reborn and brought to life with a small core staff team and large volunteer base. Our volunteer community is at the heart of everything we do.

Ayr Gaiety Partnership, is a charity formed by local residents with an ambition to do much more than simply re-open the building. Our vision is to re-energise the performing arts in South Ayrshire, with The Gaiety as the hub stimulating the cultural life and economic prosperity of the area ensuring that Ayr will once again be a key destination for all those interested in the performing arts.

Ayr Gaiety theatre has a rich heritage being one of Scotland’s oldest theatres, opening in 1902.
It is famous for its place in the history of variety theatre with many famous performers having appeared on its stage.

Role description:
'Back to the Gaiety' is a Heritage Lottery funded project that ensures that the rich history of the Ayr Gaiety Theatre is preserved and memories are not lost.

Since 2016 our archive team have been listing and cataloguing thousands of posters, photographs, programs and other theatre memorabilia which have now been digitized and made available to the public via our website https://archive.thegaiety.co.uk/

As part of the project we have also continued to collect new records including interviewing performers, musicians, former managers, and other people who have been involved with the theatre across several decades.

As part of the ‘Back to the Gaiety’ heritage volunteer and staff hub the Oral History Volunteer will have the crucial role of transcribing audio recordings that will be uploaded on our website, playing a key role in enriching our digital archive.

This is a great opportunity for someone who is interested in history, heritage and theatre life as well as who wants to develop further IT skills and work with archives.

What we can offer:
The opportunity to develop IT skills particularly using digital archives and transcription tools
The opportunity to meet other volunteers and people passionate about theatres
Flexible hours as you can work from the office or home

Organisation aims and objectives

1. To secure ownership or long lease over the Gaiety Theatre 2. Fund raising for revenue and capital costs of restoration of the gaiety theatre 3. Refurbish the Gaiety theatre 4. Develop and implement a cultural and educational programme 5. Develop and implement a marketing programme


Experience required: Some experience using IT although training can be provided Interest in history, heritage and theatres Flexible and positive approach as you will be working with other people Good communication skills
Travel details: The Gaiety Theatre Carrick St, Ayr
Minimum age: 16


Expenses details: Not provided, however please enquiry about this if you require support

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