My name is Tabassum and I am currently in my final year of studying Ancient History and Archaeology at University. I first volunteered with Birmingham Museums as a Summer Activities Assistant in 2017, but because I enjoyed working with the museum so much I later applied to be part of the Conservation Club.
I chose to volunteer with Birmingham Museums as I wanted to gain some volunteering experience before leaving university. Whilst I was volunteering as a Summer Activities Assistant - a one week volunteering role over the summer holidays - I was given the opportunity to set up and move around the items on the object handling display table, meant for visitors to engage with. This was significant to me, as I have always wanted to work in a museum as a curator, but there are not always a lot of opportunities available for students to work in this environment. The role also involved approaching visitors to come and see the display table. This helped to boost my confidence and my people skills. I began the week with very little confidence and I left with a lot more confidence!
I started in the Conservation Club in October 2017 and working with the team has increased my knowledge of how to handle artefacts and objects. We move around Birmingham Museums’ heritage sites giving them a deep clean and preparing them for summer visitors. This is very educational and has been very useful as I was able to apply my newly learned knowledge in university. The Conservation Club enabled me to handle and clean items that I would otherwise never have been allowed to touch; this unique experience has made me want to volunteer more within the Birmingham Museums. I would encourage anyone interested in learning more about history or artefacts to apply to get involved with the Trust.
If you are interested in volunteering for Birmingham Museums then take a look at the current volunteering opportunities we have available across all our sites.