We’re back!

We began working with Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival to deliver a new project in 2020 to capture memories of events, performance and shows at Brighton Dome over the years. It is called ‘I Was There’.

Due to lockdown we took a hiatus from this, but we are pleased to now be back in Autumn 2021. The project team will be running free, in-person sessions in oral history training on 13th and 27th November 2021 from 10am-4pm in Brighton. If you are interested in joining the project as a volunteer please contact Catherine Gill at catherine.gill@brightondome.org.

Graduations, tea dances, roller derbies, pop icons, Suffragette protests, cutting-edge art, silent discos, hairdressing championships, tear-jerking theatre, fierce debates and Eurovision winners. We’ve seen it all.

‘And since being converted into a performance venue 150 years ago, our stages have been graced with a dazzling array of illustrious artists, writers, dancers, musicians, actors and directors – from Harold Pinter to Maya Angelou, Muddy Waters, Ella Fitzgerald and Stevie Wonder to David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Leonard Cohen and all the late Dancing Queens in between.’

As a volunteer, you will plan and hold interviews to creatively re-tell moving memories from Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival visitors. This work will end up being part of an exciting story-telling project about one of the most vital arts centres in heart of Brighton & Hove, and the memories collected will be shared with generations to come.

Volunteers will:

  • Receive all training and equipment will be provided
  • Receive expenses
  • Need to be aged 18+                                                                                                  
  • Attend two training oral history sessions
  • Be able to commit to the project between April-December 2021
  • Be able to attend a two hour research session once a month

If you would like to talk about the project and sharing your memories, please complete our contact form to get in touch!

Or email: nicola.benge@brightondome.org

To find out more, you can download the research job description here:

1940s photos of Brighton Dome found in an old bookshop in 2018

Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund