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Unique opportunity to help bring a fascinating history project to life!

Research volunteers needed for Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) in RG1

We are currently recruiting for volunteers to assist with our oral history project ‘What the Countryside Means to Me?’

Over the last two years, museum staff have been carrying out interviews with various individuals who have stories to share about life and work in the countryside. We are looking for a small team of volunteers to work with our Community Historian to present these stories in an exhibition and museum audio trail deriving content from the interviews themselves but also researching our collections for relevant accompanying material.

Tasks will include:

  • Building on our existing work in highlighting common themes and points of interest within our transcribed oral histories.
  • Working with the Community Historian in determining which parts of the interviews will be most interesting and relevant to the museum displays and which provide an interesting perspective on contemporary rural life.
  • Researching in our library and archives the locality to which these interviews relate.
  • Assisting with the development of an exhibition.
Contact person firstname
Rachael Rogers, Assistant Volunteer Coordinator
Lastname
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
0118 378 8660
Contact instructions?
Monday-Wednesday
Location address line 1
The Museum of English Rural Life
Line 2
Redlands Road
Town
Reading
County
Berkshire
Postcode
RG1 5EX

Map
Wheelchair accessible?
Yes
Car parking for the volunteer?
Yes
Secure bicycle parking?
Yes
Near public transport?
Yes
How much time?
A few hours a week
What times and days of the week?
Mon AMMon PMTue AMTue PMWed AMWed PMThu AMThu PMFri AMFri PM
Availability required
Any of these times
Task type?
Research
Will suit someone like this:
Prefers a specific rolePrefers a regular scheduleSelf organised/motivatedPatientCommunicator
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Not specified
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
Induction & ongoing training
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
From supervisor & other staff
Are expenses paid?
No
Will I need my own transportation?
No
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
No
Are references required?
Yes
Will there be an interview?
Yes
Are they properly insured?
Yes
Minimum age
18
Do they need a specific gender?
No
How many volunteers needed?
4
Opportunity added on
19 July 2017