It is with great excitement that Pass It On can introduce, not one, but two new members of our team. Harriet Rose will be joining us as the third Trainee working on the project, and Nick Corbo-Stewart will be based at the Record Office as our official Chichester Festival Theatre Archivist.
As the Heritage Activities Team doubles its numbers to the grand total of four, I have the honour of becoming the third Heritage Activities Trainee. My predecessor, Becky, has risen to the position of Heritage Activities Officer and I’m sure will be keeping a watchful eye over me to ensure I maintain her high standards!
Having previously worked with the National Trust creating school courses and family events, I am passionate about helping people access and learn more about our Great British Heritage. I have studied Drama at the University of Winchester and Design for Performance and Events at the University for the Creative Arts, and therefore working with Chichester Festival Theatre on the Pass It On project indulges all my interests.
As I write this I am ending my second day in this role and feel I have only just witnessed the tip of the iceberg of this huge and exciting project. Over the next year I will be working in this newly formed quartet along with all the other members of staff at Chichester Festival Theatre and of course all the great volunteers who help make this project possible. Time to get stuck in.
My name is Nick Corbo-Stewart and I have been recently appointed as the Pass It On Project Archivist for Chichester Festival Theatre.
I will be working to catalogue a unique collection of archive material associated with the Festival Theatre which spans a time period from its foundation to the present. Including a broad range of items such as posters, programmes, notes, scripts and memorabilia to name but a few, this collection has been generated over the years from theatre productions, actors, visitors, donations, architecture, administration and special events.
I have lived in West Sussex for the last fifteen years, during which time I qualified as an Archivist, having studied with the University of Wales in Aberystwyth. My previous work has included a variety of cataloguing projects both within Sussex and the South East. This has brought me into contact with a broad range of material collections, and I have had the privilege through my work to make these more accessible for the public and researchers alike.
I am therefore very excited to be joining the team, looking forward to working with my new colleagues and volunteers, as well as getting to know more about the Festival Theatre in general. I’m in the process of catching up on all the hard work achieved so far I’ve been astounded by the constant positive reaction and enthusiasm from our volunteers and partners for the project, and I can’t wait to properly meet you all and join the heritage journey that Chichester Festival Theatre is embarking upon.