Volunteer Opportunities in the Archives

We are hoping to welcome some new faces to our Archive team!  If you’re looking to gain skills, training and experience in (and hopefully interested in) education, archives digitising technologies, or historical enquiry, then we have several exciting new volunteer opportunities.

As part of our HLF project, we are opening up the archive collection of the National Union of Women Teachers. Volunteers will play a crucial role in the project, as we develop an education programme of activities and digitise parts of the collection for public use and research. If you are new to the blog and want a bit more information about the collection, head over here, and if you would like a bit more information about the HLF education outreach project, take a look here or here.

If you’re interested, take a look at our two new roles:

Archive Digitisation Volunteer

The Woman Teacher (document reference UWT/D/37/3)

The Woman Teacher
(document reference UWT/D/37/3)

What will you be doing?
Archive Digitisation Volunteers will play a role in scanning and digitising the collection’s most fragile records, in addition to the NUWT journal publication, The Woman Teacher. Once digitised, these records will be available for public use and research.

What training will you receive?

  • Use of specialist scanning equipment and software
  • Specialised OCR (Optical Character Recognition) training
  • Handling of archives and fragile documents

You will ideally possess…

  • An attention to detail
  • Basic computer skills
  • Proficient English language skills (particularly reading)

Education Outreach Volunteer

Learning resources and scanned archives for Campaigning workshops (in conjunction with the British Library's Campaign! Make an Impact Programme)

Learning resources and scanned archives for Campaigning workshops (in conjunction with the British Library’s Campaign! Make an Impact Programme)

What will you be doing?
Education & Outreach volunteers will play a valuable role in developing the learning offer as part of our HLF project.  Depending on your specific interests, volunteers can help with creating learning resources for school workshops; research; event planning; or assisting with school/community workshops.

What training will you receive?
Depending on your interests, volunteers can receive training in…

  • Research: online databases; archival research; etc.
  • Creating learning resources: working with the National Curriculum; designing engaging activities for students of all ages
  • Event planning: for a variety of school, community and adult workshops and events
  • Online training: use of blogging platforms; uploading resources to online websites, etc.

You will ideally possess…

  • Interest in working with young people and/or the local community
  • Experience or interest in creating resources and activities for students from Key Stage 1-4
  • Creativity!

Volunteer shifts are very flexible dependent upon individuals’ schedules, and will be offered Monday – Friday.

If you have any questions, or if this sounds like an opportunity you’d like to be involved in and are looking for a volunteer registration form, please contact me (Alix Hall) at arch.enquiries@ioe.ac.uk.

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