Are you interested in history and storytelling, and love meeting new people? We are looking for six volunteers to gather stories from our costume makers past and present.

Applications for this opportunity have now closed

Volunteers will be interviewing a range of people who have worked in or with the RSC’s Costume Workshop from the 1950s to the present. You will record these rich and vibrant stories to inform Costume Workshop tours, events and exhibitions.

Before starting the interviews we will give you training to learn about effective interview techniques, ethics and using recording equipment.

Tasks will include:

  • Background preparation and research for the interview
  • Conducting and recording one-to-one interviews 
  • Transcribing the interview content into MS Word
  • Working with the Events and Exhibitions department as well as any other individuals to achieve project goals

You will need to travel to different locations to carry out the interview, and we will reimburse your travel expenses. 

As part of your training we will arrange an induction day, which includes health and safety, and will introduce you to the organisation.

An elaborate necklace displayed on a tailor's dummy in a costume workroom
Photo by Sam Allard © RSC Browse and license our images

You would be perfect for this role if...

  • You love to talk to a range of different people
  • You have excellent communication skills, particularly listening
  • You are proactive, able to work on your own initiative and manage your own time
  • You are interested in theatre, history, storytelling and/or costume

Further details

Each volunteer will attend two training days and will ideally complete two interviews with transcripts. Training will take place between March and April 2020, interviews will be conducted between May and August 2020.

We actively encourage volunteers from varied cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds. If there any reasonable adjustments we can make to ensure this role is accessible to you, please do not hesitate to contact us.

To express interest contact or call 01789 412608 to give us your name, contact details and when you would be able to work as a volunteer. The closing date is 27 February 2020. 

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