Many items from Darlington Hippodrome’s fascinating 112-year history will be in display at an open day in the theatre on Thursday 6th June.

In addition, much of the information will soon be available to explore online thanks to an army of volunteers who have been working tirelessly behind the scenes for almost two years.

The team of volunteers (mostly from Darlington Culture Volunteers) will be on hand from 11am to 3pm on 6th June with many items from the archives for the public to look through. The team will also accept any further items of the theatre’s history that people may have.

As well as historic posters, programmes, playbills, letters and postcards, many of the hundreds of items are rare and previously unseen. Most of the archives have been stored at the Crown Street Library with many other pieces being donated by the public. Each item has been painstakingly recorded, photographed, securely filed and stored electronically with an index of each item soon to be available online.

  • A database index of the archives will go live on the theatre’s website on Thursday 6th June
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