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Back on our feet and looking for volunteers!

It’s been a long process, but we are slowly heading towards the big, and soon to be announced, reopening party at the museum. Since our last update, volunteers and staff have cleaned, repackaged and documented hundreds of flood affected items which will be moved to our temporary store. Our electrics are back up and running and our floors are dry and ready to be re-laid.

Fortunately the floor in our lecture room was relatively unaffected by the water and we hosted our first regular events back at the museum last week. Take a look at the What’s On guide on our website to see what’s coming up in September, but please ring ahead to ensure that the event is proceeding as planned.

Why the Talking New Towns project needs this role

In the period 2013-16 Stevenage Museum has been hosting the Talking New Towns project which has been making new and historical interviews about the Hertfordshire new towns accessible online, accompanied with educational resources for schools. The project is delivered in partnership with Dacorum Heritage Trust Ltd and Welwyn Hatfield Museum Service, and has built upon the museums’ relationships with schools and the broader community.

Volunteer tasks

  • Edit audio in Audacity.
  • Assist with reading and selecting quotes for publishing.
  • Prepare transcripts for publication on the Talking New Towns website.
  • Contribute to writing biographies of interviewees for the website.
  • Upload content to the website.

What you will gain from this role

  • Gain valuable IT and media experience.
  • Join a motivated, fun and enthusiastic team.
  • Gain valuable experience that will enhance your CV and set you apart in the job market.
  • Meet new people within your local community.
  • Satisfaction of giving back.
  • Gain cultural sector contacts within a supportive environment.

Skills required

  • Volunteers from all backgrounds and experience are welcome, especially those who have an interest in working with media in the Museum and Heritage Sector.
  • Punctuality, reliability and interpersonal skills are important as is a willingness to take responsibility for areas such as health and safety and security procedures.
  • The role is suited to anyone who enjoys meeting people and who likes working as part of a team.
  • Some experience with using IT, specific training will be provided.

Potential time commitment

10 days between September 2015 and January 2016 on Wednesdays or Fridays.

Location

Stevenage Museum or Welwyn Hatfield Museum Service at Mill Green Museum.

Training and Support

  • All volunteers will be inducted, trained and supervised by the Curator and other staff members as appropriate.
  • Training in editing audio on Audacity and in adding content to WordPress based website.
  • Volunteers will be invited to exhibition opening and social events where they can meet other volunteers and Museum staff.
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