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Photo bmag

World class museum in the heart of Birmingham city centre.

Chamberlain Square

Birmingham, B3 3DH

0121 348 8038

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Photo thinktank

Award-winning science museum for fun-packed family days out.

Millennium Point, Curzon Street

Birmingham, B4 7XG

0121 348 8000

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Photo aston

Explore the splendour of one of the last great houses built in the Jacobean style.

Trinity Road, Aston

Birmingham, B6 6JD

0121 348 8100

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Photo blakesley

Discover a fine Tudor house and beautiful gardens just a few miles from the heart of the city.

Blakesley Road

Birmingham, B25 8RN

0121 348 8120

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Photo jewellery

A perfectly preserved workshop in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter.

75-80 Vyse Street

Birmingham, B18 6HA

0121 348 8140

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Photo sarehole

A 250 year old working watermill famous for its association with author J.R.R Tolkien.

Cole Bank Road

Birmingham, B13 0BD

0121 348 8160

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Photo soho

Georgian home of the Birmingham industrialist, Matthew Boulton.

Soho Avenue (off Soho Road)

Birmingham, B18 5LB

0121 348 8150

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Photo weoley

The ruins of an exquisite fortified manor house built 750 years ago.

Alwold Road

Birmingham, B29

0121 348 8160

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24 Feb 2016

Volunteering with Conservation Club

I'm Emily, I'm  working towards a degree in History, and I volunteer with Birmingham Museums as a member of the Conservation Club. As a history student, I had been looking for a volunteering role in the heritage sector for some time, and so was very keen to join the Conservation Club and have the opportunity to visit so many wonderful sites and contribute to their upkeep.

Barry and Emily at Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

The role is only one day a week, sometimes once a fortnight, which fits in well with my university schedule. So far I have learnt a great deal. Before starting in the role, training was provided in order to acquaint myself and the rest of the team with the procedures we should follow when working on the sites. I had expected to learn about the proper way to use the vacuum cleaners and cleaning brushes, but I wasn't expecting to be told about all the different types of insect that we could potentially find! It is this and other pieces of information I wouldn't otherwise have learnt that has made this role so interesting and enjoyable.

Conservation Club at Blakesley Hall

I have visited and helped to clean a number of properties during my role. The site that stands out most in my mind is the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter. The property has remained largely unchanged since the early 20th century, and tells the story of jewellery production in Birmingham over the last 200 years. It was a unique experience cleaning the machines and objects housed in the museum I wouldn’t otherwise have had the opportunity to touch. It is only through Conservation Club that I have had the privilege of visiting so many wonderful sites, and going behind the scenes.

Conservation Club

If I could say anything to students considering applying for this, or any volunteering role with Birmingham Museums, it’s don’t be anxious about working with people you have never met before. Part of what has made the role so enjoyable is working with such an experienced, supportive and friendly team of people. The staff who work with the Conservation Club are always willing to answer questions. I have had such a fantastic experience and would fully recommend volunteering to anyone who has an interested in history and heritage!

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.

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