Facade of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre APAC Symposium 2016 – Supporting Our Collections: The Value of Volunteers

The Association of Performing Arts Collections (APAC) is hosting its second annual symposium, focusing on the role and value of volunteers to our collections. This symposium will give us all the chance to reflect on our volunteer programmes, look at what is working and what is not and where we could improve the experience for both sides. Perhaps you don’t have a volunteer programme but want to start one; this would be the perfect forum to discuss this all important working relationship.


  • 10.15-10.30 Arrival and registration at Bristol Old Vic
  • 10.30-11.30 Heritage talk and tour of the theatre
  • 11.30-11.45 Coffee break. Late arrivals welcome
  • 11.45-11.50 Welcome to symposium
  • 11.50-12.10 What makes for a sustainable volunteer programme? Tips for attracting, recruiting, welcoming and supporting volunteers, drawing on South West Museum Development’s regional programme of support for volunteering in museums – Eleanor Moore, Sustainable Volunteering Officer, South West Museum Development
  • 12.10-1.10 Protecting and Sharing the Heritage of Britain’s oldest Theatre – Emma Stenning, Chief Executive, Bristol Old Vic, Lucy Hunt, Outreach Producer, Bristol Old Vic and Jo Elsworth, Director of University of Bristol Theatre Collection
  • 1.10 Networking lunch at Bristol Old Vic (lunch provided)
  • 2.00-2.15 Walk to University of Bristol Theatre Collection
  • 2.15-2.45 Houdini and Hobnobs – Working with Archives and Volunteers – Catherine White, City Varieties Music Hall
  • 2.45-3.15 Which volunteer strategies are most effective for digital preservation of performing arts materials? – Dr Toni Sant, Reader in Digital Curation, School of Drama, Music & Screen, University of Hull
  • 3.15-3.45 Assisting Albert’s Archive – How Volunteers Have Brought to Life the Royal Albert Hall’s History – Liz Harper, Archivist, Royal Albert Hall
  • 3.45-4.00 Closing remarks

Book a Place

The symposium is free. To book a place, go to:

Travel Grants

These are available from APAC for APAC members. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 31 May, 9.00am. Click here for information on how to apply.