Archivist & What Is An Archivist?

That really depends on the Archivist you speak to! I suspect my job as Alan Ayckbourn's Archivist is quite unlike most other Archivists - even those who work within the theatre community.
The foundations for my job are two-fold, maintaining the Ayckbourn Archive and running Alan Ayckbourn's Official Website - these are the constants.
The Ayckbourn Archive consists of a physical Archive - the majority of which is held in the Borthwick Institute for Archives at York - and a digital archive. The physical archive consists of press cuttings, manuscripts, notes by the playwright, programmes, books and other ephemera collated since 1959.
During 2011, the Ayckbourn Archive was acquired for the nation by the Borthwick Institute for Archives which took receipt of all materials pertaining to the years 1959 to 2006; more than a tonne in weight of written material was placed in Archive (more details can be found here). I maintain the Archive for all material post-2006, which is held by the playwright himself. Eventually, the entirety of the Archive will be translated to the Borthwick Institute.
The digital archive is based in Scarborough and covers the entirety of Alan Ayckbourn's theatrical career and includes more than 75,000 items related to Alan Ayckbourn.

A Resource For Research

One of the joys of being an Archivist is constant contact with people interested in learning more about Alan Ayckbourn - from students to researchers, journalists to fans. As Alan's Archivist, I'm the primary contact to answer questions about Alan and his plays.
This is one of the most important aspects of my role as Archivist: making it as easy as possible for people to learn more about Alan Ayckbourn and his work. I do this in person, through email and through the official website.
Over the years, this role has brought me into contact with people and organisations across the world and I've had the privilege of working closely with Alan Ayckbourn's home theatre, the Stephen Joseph Theatre, and have also worked with the BBC, the National Theatre and the Old Vic amongst others.

And all the rest!

On top of this, my job as Archivist constantly throws up new challenges and experiences. I give talks and lectures and have curated related exhibitions.
I've been responsible both for organising and administering major events relating to Alan Ayckbourn as well as acting as a consultant on events and exhibitions.
I'm also Alan Ayckbourn's Media and Social Media Administrator and responsible for handling press and media enquiries regarding Alan Ayckbourn as well as the official Ayckbourn social media accounts on Twitter, YouTube, Apple Podcasts and Wordpress.

Archivist for the Stephen Joseph Theatre

I have been the Archivist for the Stephen Joseph Theatre since 2004 with the role subsidised by Alan Ayckbourn.
This is a more traditional Archival role in which material relating to the SJT - Alan Ayckbourn's home theatre and the UK's first professional theatre-in-the-round company theatre - is stored and cared for.
The Bob Watson Archive - named for its first Archivist - is a small yet important space which holds material relating to the history of the SJT and its productions.
The role also involves advisory work relating to enquiries regarding the theatre, Stephen Joseph and - of course - Alan Ayckbourn.