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Call for volunteers - Who is Gordon Craig?

Edward Gordon Craig was born in Stevenage in 1872. He was an actor, stage director and innovative theatre theorist and the theatre in Stevenage is named after him. But there is lots more to the story…

We are looking for volunteers aged 14 to 114 to help put together an exciting exhibition on Craig here at the museum, due to open in December 2016. This would involve:

  • Trips to Eton College, the V&A Museum and Smallhythe in Kent to select objects for loan
  • Picture research
  • Local history research
  • Writing text for panels and labels
  • Installing exhibits
  • Helping with the private view and programme of talks

Edward Gordon Craig was prolific and there’s a lot to explore: he worked as an actor, director and stage designer; he wrote, illustrated and typeset books and journals; he was a talented artist working in etchings, woodcuts and watercolours; he founded a school for theatre; he explored puppetry with shadow puppets and marionettes.

Craig’s parents, actress Ellen Terry and architect Edward William Godwin were both extraordinary too – their connection with Stevenage is waiting to be uncovered.

Aged 14 to 19? Why join in? Get behind the scenes of a busy museum taking part in this fascinating project with many different aspects to get involved with. Perhaps you are thinking of applying to university to do an arts or humanities degree, but particularly theatre studies, drama, history, history of art or media studies? This is a great opportunity to do something that supports your UCAS personal statement and gives you insight into the workings of a local cultural organisation. We are offering the opportunity to do an Arts Award Bronze, Silver or Gold.

Aged 20 to 120?! Who join in? Stevenage Museum provides an “on-the-job-training”, flexible and well supported approach to volunteering and we will aim to ensure that participants’ personal development is maximised. Our external funding for this project means that cost barriers, including childcare or any physical access issues, can be more readily overcome.

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If you are interested in getting involved, please email, museum@stevenage.gov.uk or takepart@whoisgordoncraig.co.uk

A partnership project between Stevenage Arts Guild and Stevenage Museum funded by Heritage Lottery Fund.

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