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The Friends of Britannia Panopticon Music Hall Trust (SCIO)

Scottish Charity Number SC029031

The Friends of the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall Trust was founded by Judith Bowers in 1999 to support the work of the Britannia Panopticon Trust (now the Panopticon Trust) a building preservation trust which was established to deal with the Capital Project. The Friend’s trust is the main fundraising and awareness raising charity and it operates the building as a working music hall. The Friends is a self-funding charity, and the trustees are all very much involved with the operation of the building. Our fundraising comes through ticket sales, donations, merchandise sales, bar sales and subscriptions from the public who can join the Friends as a Supporter from £20 per annum, or as a Member from £21 per annum. Supporters and Members both have the same benefits e.g., discounted ticket sales and merchandise in the auditorium (this does not include our merchandise on RedBubble), but Members also have a voting right and are expected to attend our Annual General Meetings. Please click on Support Us to find out more and join online today.

Meet the Trustees

Lawrence Dunn (Chairman)

Lawrence Dunn has been associated with the Panopticon since 2006. He is a musician and does regular silent film shows with live music at the Panopticon and elsewhere, as well as performing on stage. He also works as a volunteer a couple of times a week. He is an interface between the Board of Trustees and the volunteers. His initial training was in Mathematics and worked as a programmer/analyst for the Bank of Scotland before becoming a violin and guitar teacher.

Debbie McCall (Secretary)

Debbie McCall is a graphic designer, photographer and film maker who has been a core team member for several years, helping to set-up events, promote the building, re-decorate, create merchandise, and engage the public on social media. Debbie also photographs the building annually to keep a track of any deterioration.

Nick Barret

Nick Barrett has previously been Secretary and Chairman of the SCIO. He spent his entire working life in broadcast television but takes a huge interest in all aspects of the entertainment world and has a continuing passion is for music hall. Besides amassing a huge collection of theatre related material, he often gives talks on the subject to many different bodies.

Graham Hunter

Graham Hunter is a Freelance Costume Designer and has been involved in various capacities as a volunteer with the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall for over 20 years. He has been part of the Music Hall Variety Company as Master of Ceremonies as well as being involved with various costume exhibitions within the building for Doors Open Day.

Peter Kane

After working for 20 years in social housing, Peter has spent recent years working as a freelance Active Travel Advisor and consultant and has been involved with the Sustrans (influences policy development to ensure that more people have the choice to walk, cycle or take public transport) since 2011. He is also the Director at Cloudberry Communities, a community interest company which oversees grant funding and volunteer development at Northern Corridor Volunteers in Moodiesburn.

Peter started volunteering in Britannia Panopticon music hall in 2019 and has become a valued part of our General Viewing team bringing his knowledge and enthusiasm to the project.

We will be refreshing the board in May 2022 and have some new trustees joining us and some leaving. If you wish to become more involved and join the board of trustees, please email [email protected]