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Our friends over at The Gordon Craig Theatre have been busy keeping an archive of posters, programmes, photographs and all sorts of interesting things since the building opened in 1975. Locked away in a cupboard, it’s been almost entirely unexplored… until now!

Throughout 2019, with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we’ve been working with a team of volunteers to catalogue all these bits of theatrical history and to build a full record of performances that have ever taken place at the Gordon Craig. We’re digitising as much of the material as we can and we’ve made an online searchable database to allow the public to delve into the archive and explore the Theatre’s past.

We think a theatre is a very important building to have in a town: a place for enjoyment, edification and inspiration for all of the community. That’s why we want to hear more from the people who have walked through the doors of The Gordon Craig over the last 44 years. In 2019 and beyond, we’re making full use of the archive to help uncover the real stories of our theatre and to celebrate the role it has played in the lives of so many local people.

Our new exhibition “Stories from The Gordon Craig” is now open at Stevenage Museum.

Lottery cash is also funding a programme of reminiscence sessions created especially for those in the area living with dementia, available free to local care homes and at Stevenage Museum.

For more details or if you have a great story from The Gordon Craig, email, Memories@StoriesFromTheGordonCraig.org.uk.

Opportunities for volunteering…

Stevenage Museum are keen to hear from those of all ages interested in volunteering on the Stories From The Gordon Craig project from working with the archive, cataloguing, digitising, carrying out interviews and research and helping curate exhibitions. No experience is necessary and training will be provided.

Email takepart@storiesfromthegordoncraig.org.uk or phone 01438 218881.

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Stories from The Gordon Craig is led by Stevenage Arts Guild, supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, delivered in partnership with The Gordon Craig Theatre and Stevenage Museum.

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