Museum of Croydon - Collections Volunteer

 

Role Description

Volunteer working with the Museum of Croydon collections, the collections are split into four main groups; the Borough Archive, Museum, Local Studies and Handling Collection. Additionally to this we have a large public programme and three temporary exhibition spaces.

  • The Borough Archive contains over a 1000 collections relating to the London Borough of Croydon, its predecessor bodies and the diverse community it now serves. Access to these collections is by appointment, and available to view in our Research Room. Over 700 can be viewed on our online catalogue: https://museumofcroydoncollections.com/catalogues/

 

  • The Museum collection consists of the Borough Art Collection of over 2,500 artworks, over 500 oral histories, Bronze Age, Roman, Anglo Saxon objects to over 200 items from the Riesco Collection of Chinese ceramics. Over 500 objects are on permanent display in our galleries, some of which are loans from other Museums and individuals.  From textiles, our Trojan Bubble car to our current ‘Bones of Croydon’ display featuring an almost complete Ango-Saxon skeleton – the collection is diverse in material and stories.

 

  • The Handling collection consists of around 300 objects dating from the Victorian period onwards. The majority of the objects are historical, with some being duplicates or replicas of the archive and museum collection. This collection is used for education, school visits and handling sessions in the galleries and/or for events/workshops.

 

  • The Local Studies collection includes published materials relation to the history of Croydon. This includes street directories, newspapers on microfilm, local history books, pamphlets, photographs and a large collection of sales particulars. Many of these are available on open access in our Research Room.

 

  • Our Public programme can include workshops, activities, artists in residence and temporary exhibitions to Museum Lates. The Museum’s programme can often involve working with our own or loaned in collections. 

A collections volunteer position would normally be a project based upon on one group/collection within one of the collections named above. Working with collections will give you experience in the Museum and Archive sector, from policies and procedures, exhibitions to object care and access.  

Tasks Involved

  • Object handling.
  • Research on objects, to improve our knowledge of the collection.
  • Facilitating and improving accessibility of objects.
  • Sorting, listing and/or cataloguing archival and local history collections
  • Packing objects for storage and/or transport, as required.
  • Developing, improving and updating collection databases (including location control)
  • Working with staff and other volunteers.  
  • Photography of the objects to improve accessibility.
  • Promoting the Museum’s services and events to visitors as required.

Skills

  • Good communication skills.
  • Friendly and approachable attitude.
  • Good organisation and ability to complete tasks independently and within a team.
  • Experience of Microsoft Office, including Microsoft Excel.
  • An interest in history and working with historical collections.
  • Please note that some projects may have essential and/or desirable skills and knowledge.

Time Commitment and Access

Ideally you would be able to commit to one day a week Monday to Friday 10.30 to 5pm for minimum of three months. Some Saturday volunteering may be possible depending on project and/or staff availability. Please be aware that some roles may require lifting of object boxes and access to museum storage areas that are only accessible via steps.

Support and Training

  • Full induction and relevant training.
  • Ongoing support through Collections Access Officer.
  • Travel expenses reimbursed up to £13.10 per day for volunteering.
  • Up to £4 for food expenses if volunteering for a whole day.

How to Apply

A collections volunteer position would normally be a project based upon on one group/collection within one of the four collections named above. These are subject to availability. Please email museum@croydon.gov.uk for more information on current projects and how to apply.