"Having originally trained as an archaeologist I have been working as curator in museums and historic houses in Lancashire and Cumbria. I have worked in a wide variety of heritage properties as well as with collections ranging from Egyptian mummies and Tudor saints' relics to 20th century weaponry and submarines. 

"With a passion for and a background in history, I was keen to join the Civic Theatre's team at this exciting time, as the Grade II Listed building is restored to its Edwardian glory with the help of a £4.5 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The role will involve a range of activities and projects, all against the backdrop of a busy, working theatre, and I am very excited to become the newest member of the team as the Civic Theatre transitions into Darlington Hippodrome.

"As Heritage Learning and Engagement Officer I will be working with a diverse audience, developing and delivering projects with the local community, in and out of the theatre space. I will also be using my curatorial skills to deliver a variety of temporary national and local exhibitions in the new Heritage Promenade. One of my main responsibilities will be the development of the Theatre’s archive: with a team of volunteers, I will be cataloguing and photographing the Hippodrome’s vast collection of programmes and ephemera, to be added to a searchable, public database.

"I am looking forward to working with the Darlington community to celebrate the rich history of this theatre."

You can email Cait at caitlin.barratt@darlington.gov.uk