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Volunteer in our exciting new WW2 project, Home Fires

posted on 8 May 2019
Theatre Royal Winchester

Home Fires, will explore the lives of women and children in Hampshire during the Second World War, as well as the role Theatre Royal Winchester played in the community at the time.

This exciting new project has been made possible due to a £9,900 grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The grant will support the project, which will involve research being carried out to produce a pop-up exhibition, show and school workshop.

We are looking for volunteers to act as historians to uncover the stories of life in the region, as well as about the theatre, from newspaper and museum archives, and to interview members of the public who wish to recall their experiences of life in Hampshire during the war.

Volunteers can be anyone aged 16 and over who are available for a minimum of one day per week during the course of the project, which runs from May 2019 to January 2020. No research experience is required as specialist training will be given in: oral history interview techniques and how to record information; requesting manuscripts; handling objects correctly; and analysing research for relevant data.

The project will engage with the community by giving voice to previous generations and creating a pop-up exhibition, which will tour public buildings and include newspaper archives, smell pots and audio recordings.

The research will also help produce a show that will be performed at Hat Fair (Fri 5 – Sun 7 July) and the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard D-Day Commemorations; while a workshop by Theatre Royal Winchester’s Creative Learning Team will inspire pupils to create further works for an exhibition, performance or book.

Pupils who take part in the workshop will also be able to work towards their Arts Award Bronze, through participating in the project.

Home Fires aims to highlight the lives of the region’s war-time women and children – many who came from surrounding cities to Winchester (then headquarters of the Auxiliary Territorial Service, a women’s voluntary service, and a city that still has a high number of military families resident); and to reveal the part the city’s theatre played to entertain and provide comfort to these audiences, and inform them of news from the front line.

“I’m looking forward to the intergenerational aspect of the project and the variety of people we will be working with throughout the project’s duration. Projects like this are important, to uncover, record and share the stories of the theatre and lives of the women and children from Winchester and surrounding areas during WW2.”Engagement Producer, Katrina Henderson

The closing date for applications to volunteer is 20 May, with an introductory training day for successful applicants to be held at the theatre on 25 May, from 10.30am – 12noon.


Closing Date: Mon 20 May
Training Date: Sat 25 May 10.30am – 12pm

For more information please email Katrina Henderson at

Supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund
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