Micro Volunteering: A day or more

Re:Collect Exhibition Volunteer

Home has many meanings, from the buildings we live in to a feeling that goes beyond a specific place. The Museum of the Home’s purpose is to reveal and rethink the ways we live, in order to live better together. It is a place to explore and debate what home means.    

We’re looking for volunteers with an interest in oral history to support us in gathering memories, stories and reactions from our visitors as part of our innovative new collections review exhibition, Re:Collect.  

As part of our upcoming collections review and rationalisation project, we will be opening up a curatorial process normally conducted behind the scenes and inviting our communities and visitors to take part in the decision making process around our collections of costume and woodworking tools. We will collect people’s stories, memories and reactions to these large collections of stored objects to improve our knowledge and understanding of the objects in our care and help us to create a more dynamic and representative collection, full of the personal stories which are our lifeblood.   

What's involved?

In this role you will: 

  • Engage with our visitors and encourage them to share their experiences either through feedback cards or recording interviews 

  • Work with the curatorial team to understand more about the collections and the work that goes into caring for them 

  • Handle collection objects 

  • Help to shape the display of people’s stories in the exhibition 

No special experience, knowledge or qualifications are necessary but to get the most from this role you should: 

  • Have an interest in social history and oral histories 

  • Enjoy engaging people in conversations 

  • Be willing to learn 

  • Have a friendly and helpful attitude 

  • Be able to work well with staff and other volunteers 

The exhibition is open from 31st May to late August and there are volunteering opportunities available every day the Museum is open (Tuesday – Sunday and Bank Holidays) during the exhibition, although there is a particular focus on weekends and during the busiest parts of the day.  

We reimburse travel expenses up to the value of £12.70 per return journey and Lunch expenses up to the value of £5, if undertaking a full day, when receipts are provided 

Why get involved?

In this role you will: 

  • Gain experience of curatorial work in a museum and object handling 

  • Meet new people  

  • Join a friendly team of volunteers  

  • Receive training and support from an experienced team of curatorial staff  

  • Be part of an innovative community engagement exhibition 

How to get involved?

1: Sign into your Volunteer Maker account or sign up here 

2: Accept the challenge (this registers your interest) 

3: We’ll contact you to discuss the role further. 

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