​The Theatres Trust has received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage grant for its Open up! Cataloguing our Regional Theatres Architectural Archive project, it was announced today.

“The HLF grant of £5,200 will allow us to run a summer internship to catalogue our collection of architectural drawings of regional theatres. Over 5,000 drawings covering 280 different theatres will be available to search by the end of the project,” said a spokesperson.

“The Sharing Heritage grant will allow us to:

Catalogue our important collection of architectural plans of Regional Theatres from across the country
Further open up our collections to those with an interest in the UK’s theatrical heritage, including the passionate groups we work with who are trying to save and reopen theatre buildings, theatre managers, architects and dedicated theatregoers
Share our theatrical and historical discoveries online and through outreach events
Engage a team of four paid interns over a three week period, who will learn the skills to help us catalogue our Archive

Tim Eyles, Theatres Trust Chair, says: “With our renewed strategy for protecting theatres in our 40th anniversary year, we’re delighted that our HLF Sharing Heritage grant award will help more people discover our country’s fantastically rich built theatrical heritage. The project also offers an excellent paid opportunity for those seeking a career in archive and heritage work to gain valuable skills and contribute to the development of the Theatres Trust Archive.”