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Volunteering

Volunteers play a vital role in adding value to our existing services, and we enjoy offering opportunities for volunteers to participate in. Traditionally volunteers have worked on site, but we’ve also begun an innovative project with volunteer ‘heritage heroes’ working from home.

Opportunities at the Shropshire Archives building in Shrewsbury

We have a range of opportunities for volunteers at our Castle Gates building including:

  • cataloguing – inputting information on to our online catalogue (this can include anything from transcribing documents, describing photographs, inputting written and typed information)
  • conservation – cleaning and conserving dirty and fragile documents
  • digitisation – photographing documents to accompany corresponding text-based records on our catalogue

We have volunteers from a diverse range of backgrounds, and with a variety of needs and motivations: young and old, people looking for a new skill or to meet other people and people looking to expand their CV, gain work experience or to acquire local knowledge.

Volunteers usually work with us on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. With limitations on the number of desks, PCs and other equipment that we have, we’re sometimes over-subscribed, as is the case at the moment. When we’re able to accommodate new volunteers, we’ll add application forms to this webpage, and also put details on social media. We do try to match up the skills of volunteers with the variety of tasks that need doing.

Work experience and higher education placements

Most summers we have opportunities for school students to spend time with us offering them the chance to work in all areas of our operation. If you want a placement with us, please get in touch before the Christmas of the previous year.

From time to time university students work with us undertaking research into particular archives or gaining first-hand experience of how an archive service works. Please contact us if you’re interested in securing a placement with us.

Shropshire’s Heritage Heroes

Why not be part of the innovative Arts Council-funded Heritage Heroes project which enables people who cannot physically get to a museum or archive site to volunteer virtually?

‘Virtual Volunteers’ will enhance the information available to the public on the online catalogue. Volunteers can contribute in a number of ways, for example by transcribing, translating, indexing and spelling and grammar checking. We are hoping to attract all levels of expertise, and there will be a variety of tasks available. Projects will be changed frequently, so there should always be something available for volunteers to work on.

Please visit the site to register and start working on a project today.

Shropshire Family History Society volunteers

On Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and alternate Saturday mornings, volunteers from the Shropshire Family History Society provide extra help to users of the service. They can spend time with those new to genealogy or those who need help using the variety of online family history sites. Volunteers are recruited by the Shropshire Family History Society, and we liaise with their volunteer co-ordinator.