Volunteer Opportunity: The Old Police Cells Museum

Come and do some time at the Old Police Cells Museum

Commitment: Minimum half day a week on Monday or Saturday 

Five volunteer roles for a twelve-month placement

Volunteer Applications Open until 24 September 

The Old Police Cells Museum preserves 13 original cells in the basement of Brighton Town Hall and a collection (c.1830-) of uniforms, memorabilia, evidence materials, communication and police equipment. Its immediate ambition is to strengthen its role with community groups and residents to foster stronger social relations across the city.

There are three projects currently underway: digitisation of the collection; an installation of a crime scene for investigation and a display on the bombing of the Grand Hotel, Brighton. There are also several research opportunities, including investigating local Mods ‘n’ Rockers graffiti on the walls of the cells, and the history of demonstrations in Brighton & Hove.

Education volunteer: 

In this role, you will be working in education and learning outreach. You will developing materials for students in line with the national curriculum and deliver school tours. Would particularly suit those wishing to enter either the education or museum sector.

Mondays 10am – 2pm. education@oldpolicecellsmuseum.org.uk

Women’s Team:

This busy, progressive and passionate team concentrate on women’s history, social outreach and community engagement, new research, and exhibits.

Mondays and/or Saturdays 10am – 2pm. Email: women@oldpolicecellsmuseum.org.uk

Tour Guides: 

You’ll learn about key objects in the collection, as well as the history of the museum and Brighton Town Hall, equipping you to welcome interested visitors.

Email guides@oldpolicecellsmuseum.org.uk or for those particularly interested in local women’s history: women@oldpolicecellsmuseum.org.uk Saturdays 10am – 2pm.

Collections and digital team:

In this role you’ll work to SPECTRUM standards in digital collection management. Includes photography, web cataloguing, archival visits to the Keep and object handling. Squarespace skills handy, but not essential.

Mondays and/or Saturdays 10am – 2pm. Email digital@oldpolicecellsmuseum.org.uk

Collections Conservation:

In this role you will be working directly in collection’s care and management working to SPECTRUM standards. You will gain first-hand experience in preventative conservation, costume care, researching and accessioning objects.

10am – 2pm Mondays and/or Saturdays. info@oldpolicecellsmuseum.org.uk

How to apply

  • Email the team you are applying to join or apply via the website www.oldpolicecellsmuseum.com
  • Put the title of the role in the email subject heading
  • Outline why you are interested in volunteering at the Old Police Cells Museum in Brighton and what skills you bring with you or hope to develop (150 words max)