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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

The Canterbury Journey provides opportunities for people to develop their skills and knowledge through some exciting new volunteering projects in collections care, interpretation, research, community engagement, and learning.

Black Prince Conference
15-17 November 2017

• Join us for the Cathedral’s first collections and conservation conference
• Be part of an exciting and challenging two days of history and conservation study
• Welcome world renowned experts on the Black Prince and 14th century history, as they share their research and knowledge

This two-day conference will be attended by experts who have undertaken research into the Black Prince, his life, his legacy and material culture.

We are seeking outgoing and enthusiastic volunteers to join the Cathedral volunteer team, to help us make this conference a great success, to spend two days with experts and delegates who have been inspired by the Cathedral’s heritage and historic collections.

We are offering two unique volunteer roles during the conference:

Registration and Welcome Volunteers
Registration and Welcome volunteers will register delegates to the conference on their arrival on either the Wednesday 15, Thursday 16 or Friday 17 November 2017, and issue delegates packs and ID, direct delegates to the conference spaces and answer questions on timings, locations, security and other conference related questions.
Volunteers will be on hand to guide and assist people. The ideal candidates will be well organised, have attention to detail and passion for meeting new people. Training and support will be given.

Conference Assistant and Engagement Volunteers

Conference Assistant and Engagement Volunteers will be attached to the Volunteer Conference Co-ordinator and the Head of Conservation and the Collections Manager and be involved with the wider conference team. Training and support will be given.

The Registration and Welcome and the Conference Assistant and Engagement Volunteer roles are supported by The Canterbury Journey, which aims to engage new, hard-to-reach and diverse audiences with heritage and the collections through the Activity Plan. The Activity Plan volunteer programme enables training and new skills development in interpretation, collections care, informal learning, community engagement and outreach to help increase knowledge transfer and employability within the heritage sector.

Closing date for receipt of completed applications
Friday 25 August 2017


Oral History Interviewer Volunteers

This role is supported by The Canterbury Journey, which aims to engage new, hard-to-reach and diverse audiences with heritage and the collections through the Activity Plan.

The Oral History Interviewer is key to unlocking Canterbury Cathedral’s living community archive. These roles will collate people’s experiences and memories of the Cathedral and city through wide ranging interviews. The interviews will focus on the way the Cathedral has influenced the lives of those interviewed.
Oral History Interviewers will receive training delivered by the University of Kent in how to conduct interviews that allow a person to tell their own story in their own words. Interviewers will also be given basic training in how to use the recording equipment.

We are initially looking for 6 volunteers.

It is hoped interested volunteers will be able to commit to conducting 3 or 4 interviews over the course of a year.

Closing date for receipt of completed applications
Wednesday 6 September 2017

Oral History Transcriber Volunteers

This role is supported by The Canterbury Journey, which aims to engage new, hard-to-reach and diverse audiences with heritage and the collections through the Activity Plan.

The Oral History Transcriber is key to unlocking Canterbury Cathedral’s living community archive. These roles will collate people’s experiences and memories of the Cathedral and city through wide ranging interviews. The interviews will focus on the way the Cathedral has influenced the lives of those interviewed.
Oral History Interviewers will conduct interviews that allow a person to tell their own story in their own words. Oral History Transcribers will use their transcription skills to write up the interviews by listening to those that have been recorded by others.

We are initially looking for 6 volunteers.

The time it takes to transcribe each interview will vary. It’s unlikely that a recorded interview will be less than an hour in duration. Transcribing will take several hours per hour of recorded interview.

Closing date for receipt of completed applications
Wednesday 6 September 2017

Community Engagement Ambassador Volunteers

This role is supported by The Canterbury Journey, which aims to engage new, hard-to-reach and diverse audiences with heritage and the collections through the Activity Plan.

We are seeking outgoing Community Engagement Ambassador Volunteers, to be a public face of Canterbury Cathedral and The Canterbury Journey project, assisting with the delivery of a programme of activities inspired by Canterbury Cathedral’s heritage and historic collections.
Activities will include setting up, attending and running activities at community events such as festivals, creative workshops, multi-sensory visits for people with disabilities and family fun days as well as partnering organisations such as the Garden Gate Project in Margate and Strange Cargo in Folkestone.

We are initially looking for 2 – 4 volunteers. Those taking part will receive full training and support from the Cathedral specialist staff.

As well as weekdays, activities will take place during weekends and school holidays. It is hoped interested volunteers will be able to commit to 6 sessions including induction, training and delivering activities during a 12 month period.

Closing date for receipt of completed applications
Friday 29 September 2017

For full details on all our current vacancies, please visit our employment page.

 

 

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