A Resource For ResearchOne of the perpetual joys of my role as an Archivist is I am constantly in touch with people interested in learning more about Alan Ayckbourn and his plays - from students to researchers, press and marketing departments to fans. As Alan's Archivist, I'm the first line in to - hopefully - answer any questions about Alan and plays.
This is one of the most important aspects of my role as Archivist: being there to make it as easy as possible for people to learn more about Alan Ayckbourn and his work. I do this in person, through email and through the website, where actually the vast majority of answers to questions about Alan or information about him can be found.
Over the years this role has brought me into contact with people and organisations across the world including other experts on Alan Ayckbourn, theatres producing his plays and researchers for works about the playwright. I've had the privilege of working closely with Alan Ayckbourn's home theatre, the Stephen Joseph Theatre, since 1999 and have also worked with the BBC, the National Theatre and the Old Vic amongst others.
Archivist for the Stephen Joseph TheatreI have been the Honorary Archivist for the Stephen Joseph Theatre since 2004.
This is a more traditional Archival role in which material relating to the theatre and the plays is stored and cared for.
The Bob Watson Archive - named for its first Archivist - is a small yet important space which holds press cuttings, programmes, posters, manuscripts, prompt scripts, photographs and other ephemera relating to the history of the Stephen Joseph Theatre and its productions.
The role also involves advisory work relating to internal and external enquiries regarding the theatre, its history, Stephen Joseph and - of course - Alan Ayckbourn.