Welcome to our Archive!
From Crisp Boxes to Cyberspace
In 1997, two years before the Pomegranate was due to celebrate 60 years as a Civic Theatre, a meeting was held in the bar to seek volunteers to form a fundraising group. Those volunteers became Chesterfield Theatre Friends, a name suggested by Colin McCall, who led us in the creation of this website.
In the decade since CTF have raised almost £50,000 and provided numerous additional facilities for users of the theatre. In recent years our focus has been on accessibility, funding projects such as the audio-description equipment and, most recently, the installation of an adapted-toilet off the foyer.
Join us as we celebrate our tenth anniversary by taking a closer look at this digital archive, painstakingly created from ramshackle accumulation of information about the theatre by members of the Archive Group. It’s still a work in progress, there's a lot left to do, but we hope you will find our site interesting and informative - and if you can fill in any gaps or omissions all contributions continue to be gratefully received...
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Pomegranate Theatre Archive
The Pomegranate Theatre Archive is spread across three locations - the theatre, Chesterfield Library and Chesterfield Museum. We have made some progress in cross-referencing what is where.
The material stored at the theatre is a mix of old and new material. The principal components are:
Memorabilia kept by the staff over a 60+ year period.The principal elements relate to:
publicity (flyers, posters, promotional advertising, press briefings and newsletters);
productions (scripts, programmes, photographs and press cutttings);
personal mementos (donated personal archive files, photographs, medallions and cups);
miscellaneous items ( sound effects (on records), correspondence and scrapbooks).
We are scrutinising the content of each programme and summarising the key features using a standard form - known as the Programme Review Form (PRF). These forms are listed per decade and those already entered can be accessed on this website. The original programmes are housed currently at the theatre and in temporary storage. They can only be accessed by request.