David, 'Palace' archivist.
Photographed for the centenary of my local theatre, the Palace Theatre in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex.
David is the Palace Theatre Club’s archivist. He has been voluntarily cataloging and sorting various programmes, photographs, posters and scrapbooks, most of which have been acquired through donations. Pride of place is the earliest programme, for ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’, performed in January 1920. The club own the artefacts but the Palace Theatre’s lessee, HQ Theatres, has provided a room at the theatre for the collection. I photographed David in the archive, which in fact was previously a Gents toilet which was converted to an office in the late 1970s. Whilst David catalogues items in the archive, other volunteers in the next room are busy scanning every page of every programme so that the collection can be digitised.