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Collections Care Volunteer

Description of the role:

This role involves working with the Collections Team to discuss, research, carry out and record conservation treatments following widely accepted conservation principles and practices. Training will be given by an Accredited Conservator with day to day supervision provided by a member of the curatorial team. It is likely that you will work on objects within the displays around both the indoor and outdoor site so a willingness to liaise/chat with the public is expected.
This is an excellent opportunity to develop hands-on museum experience and a thorough knowledge of how to care for a range of museum objects. It could be of particular interest to those looking for experience towards a career in museums but this is not essential.

Opportunity Activities: Befriending and Buddying, General and Helping
Availability required:


What skills are needed?

• A can-do attitude, initiative and a desire to get involved
• Physically able to work on, under and around large objects, using ladders and cleaning/conservation materials as required
• Willing to work as part of a team
• Patience and commitment to seeing a task through
• Good communication and people skills

What skills will be learned / gained?

• Training will be given by in conservation vs. restoration, materials and how they deteriorate, treatments and they’re impacts, health and safety, as well as record keeping
• Becoming part of a friendly and dedicated team
• Understanding the outcomes required for the object by the museum as well as conservation decision making, including when to seek professional advice
• Knowing you have helped improve standards of care for the museum’s collection
• Potential to gain public engagement skills

DBS Check Required: No
Driving Licence Required: No
Mandatory training required for role: No
Extra information:

About the Opportunity Host Organisation

Host Organisation: Museum of East Anglian Life
Organisation Profile:

The museum is a charity with an educational purpose. Its principal activity is to preserve, research and display its collection of historic buildings and artefacts reflecting varied aspects of East Anglian life, and to provide displays and events to attract a wide cross-section of visitors for amenity and educational purposes. It was founded in 1967 by the Suffolk Local History Society and the then East Suffolk County Council. It was enhanced and developed jointly by the Abbot’s Hall Trust and Suffolk County Council, each of which is responsible for part of the land. In 1985, the museum was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee and given charitable status.

Today, the Museum of East Anglian Life is a social enterprise sharing the compelling story of East Anglian lives through historic buildings, collections and landscape. We aim to enrich people’s lives, encouraging enjoyment, learning and participation through our public programmes, training and volunteering schemes. The museum is a space for people to be active, learn new things, look at the world differently, make friends and give something back.

This opportunity is no longer accepting expressions of interest.