Volunteer Opportunity: Royal Pavilion Garden Research and Archive Digitisation

Royal Pavilion Garden Research and Archive Digitisation

Flexible hours, ideally 14 per week

Deadline for applications: Sunday 1st May

Role Description

We are currently looking for a capable, reliable and conscientious volunteer to assist with the digitisation and research of the Garden archives held in the Royal Pavilion. This will involve cataloguing, documentation, digitisation, scanning, transcribing and other related collections work.

In addition, there will be research work required exploring the Garden through the following three themes: Early Garden design and architecture; social use of the Garden post 1850; natural heritage of the Garden, plants, trees and its wildlife.

As a volunteer you will ideally:

  • Be computer literate
  • Be a quick learner, specifically within technical, computer-based tasks
  • Have a methodical approach to tasks
  • Be able to maintain accurate data input over an extended period of time
  • Have a flexible attitude and be self-motivated
  • Demonstrate good time management skills
  • Have some experience in researching within heritage world

Training on museum and cataloguing software will be provided; specifically, the program ‘Mimsy XG’ used widely by many museum and arts institutions as a collections database. Any existing experience with the above, or similar, would be highly desirable. Additionally, confidence and self-motivation is also needed as occasionally you may work without supervision. This work, both research and digitisation, is a key opportunity to contribute to the development stage of our NLHF Garden project. The material in the archive will then be the basis for interpretation and engaging the local community in telling the story of the Royal Pavilion Garden. The hours are flexible, but ideally 14 hours per week. The location of work will be variable with work required on site at RPMT and potentially off site at other archives including PC based research.

What will you gain from volunteering?

Support: As a volunteer you will be supported by the museums dedicated Volunteer Manager and your Volunteer Supervisor department.

You will receive on the job training in our collection management system (Mimsy XG), relevant museum documentation standards; and anything else relevant to the role.

Experience: The opportunity will provide valuable and competitive skills to the individual and proven experience of the museum & heritage sector. We really value volunteers and the contributions they make and hope that this experience will help those wanting to enter the museums and heritage sector.

Expenses: All travel expenses incurred travelling to and from your volunteering role will be reimbursed in line with our volunteer policy. Your supervisor will be able to go through this with you at your induction. Claims are usually made on a monthly basis. Any other out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed in agreement with your Volunteer Supervisor.

Benefits: As a volunteer, you receive the same discounts as staff at each of our sites, including discounts in our shops and cafes, and free entry to our sites during your time as a volunteer. However, as these are public venues, you MUST have your Volunteer Badge with you in order for staff to easily identify you.

Additional benefits may include occasional invitations to events and functions and information about developments within the Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust. You will also receive invitations to staff parties and wider workshops and seminars where possible.

Reference: We are more than happy to provide a reference on request for any future job applications.

How to apply

If you are interested, please download the Volunteer Application form from our website, complete, and send to kate.richardson@rpmt.org.uk

Deadline for applications: Sunday 1st May

Interviews to be held week of Mon 2nd and Mon 9th May

If you have any queries please send an email to the above address and Kate will arrange to speak with you over the phone.