Beth
21 Feb 2017

Volunteering at Aston Hall 2017

My name is Beth and I am part of a lovely group of volunteers at Aston Hall, a historic mansion built by the intriguing Sir Thomas Holte. Giving my time to help provide tours to visitors is both an enjoyable and rewarding experience. 

When I first started my volunteering at the Hall I was keen to get to know the facts and stories about the building and its history before jumping in at the deep end and giving full tours. I was able to wander the beautiful state rooms, navigate around the servant’s quarters and really learn what it would have been like to live and work in this impressive home. I then took up posts in different sections of the Hall, talking to visitors who wished to stroll through the rooms and answer any questions they had about aspects of the house. I enjoy engaging with visitors and conversing with people who share my passion for the early modern period. Read More...

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20 Feb 2017

Student Volunteer Week 2017

This week is National Student Volunteer Week; the time of the year when we really shout out about all our wonderful team members who are also busy studying while they volunteer with us.

To celebrate Student Volunteer Week we are announcing our Student Volunteer of the Year for 2017. This year’s winner has volunteered with us for over a year and a half and is an incredibly valued member of our Young People’s Forum, Ignite, always going above and beyond to support Birmingham Museums. So congratulations to Becky Smith and a huge thank you from Birmingham Museums for all your time, hard work and dedication to volunteering with us. Read More...

Khadiza
10 Jun 2016

Volunteering at Aston Hall

Hi I’m Khadiza and I am a Heritage Interpreter at Aston Hall. I have been volunteering at the Hall since the start of the season and I have enjoyed every second of it. I am fascinated by history and love visiting sites of historical interest and being a Heritage Interpreter provides me an opportunity to connect with history in a different way. Being a university student can be very stressful (deadlines and exams!) and I relieve my stress by volunteering in this lovely environment.

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7 Jun 2016

Volunteering in Conservation

I’m Ayesha and I have been volunteering at Birmingham Museums for around one and a half years. I first began volunteering as a Silver Project Conservation Assistant at the end of 2014. I have written about this in my previous blog.

This year the Silver Project moved to the Museum Collections Centre (MCC) to work on the silver collection stored at this site which has been very exciting. There is a massive mixture of objects at MCC; during the walk to where the other volunteers and I work, I pass a piano, huge bits of machinery and motors, several taxidermy moose (plus a bear, birds and foxes), furniture, and vehicles among so many more objects that if I listed them we would be here for a very long time. As we are now based in MCC, and the objects are accessioned we need to be more thorough with the information we record, so that if need be changes can be made to the collection database. Read More...

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3 Jun 2016

Happy Volunteers Week 2016!

From the 1st June to the 12th June it is National Volunteers’ Week (yes I know it is longer than a week this year); a fabulous moment in the year when we celebrate the amazing work of all our volunteers and say a huge thank you for all their time and dedication.

For just a very small flavour of all the incredible things our volunteer team do we have three blog posts coming up over the next few days written by some of our volunteers. You can hear from Shirley about volunteering at Blakesley Hall , find out about Ayesha’s work on the Silver Project and as a Long Term Loans Assistant and discover from Khadiza what it’s like to volunteer at Aston Hall. Read More...

Shirely
1 Jun 2016

Volunteering at Blakesley Hall

Hi Shirley here, I have been volunteering at Blakesley Hall since the start of the summer season 2014. I volunteer on a Thursday and Friday and also help out with occasional events.

I retired in September 2013 and quickly realised I needed to do something to fill my time. I knew I wanted to do some volunteer work and that I wanted to do something that was completely different to the work I had done. I have always had a love of history and so to look for something in heritage was the obvious thing to do. I researched for a few months before deciding that Birmingham Museums Trust interested me the most, although I had made no decision as to which of their nine sites I would be interested in volunteering at. Read More...

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25 Feb 2016

Volunteering with Ignite

Hello all, my name’s Rebecca and for the past seven months I have been a part of Birmingham Museums’ Youth Forum, Ignite. I initially joined Ignite after completing a two week work experience placement at Thinktank.

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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.

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23 Feb 2016

Volunteering as a Natural Science Documentation Assistant

I'm Grace and I began volunteering with Birmingham Museums as part of the Visitor Services Team, spending the majority of my time engaging with visitors in the Staffordshire Hoard Gallery. It was great to be able to use the knowledge I had gained at university in order to answer visitors’ questions and give them more information not just about the hoard but also about archaeology in general.

A few months later, I joined the Natural Science Curator Luanne Meehitiya at the Museum Collections Centre as a Natural Science Documentation Assistant. At the beginning I worked mostly with the Spirit Collection, transferring the hand written log onto a spreadsheet and cross-referencing the objects to the entries in the accession record. I found reading through the accession record so interesting and that is how I found out that there is a raven in the collection that was owned by Sir Henry Irving, and possibly originally owned by Charles Dickens. Read More...

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22 Feb 2016

Student Volunteer Week 2016

This week is National Student Volunteer Week; a great time in the year when we get to say a huge thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who fit in volunteering with us alongside their studies!

To give you just a taster of the fantastic contribution students make to Birmingham Museums we have three blog posts coming up this week written by some of our current student volunteers. So keep an eye out for Grace’s blog about volunteering as a Natural Science Assistant, Emily’s entry about volunteering with our Conservation Club, and Rebecca’s post about being part of our Youth Forum Ignite. Read More...