Are you looking for a new volunteer opportunity? Would you like to join our Monday volunteer group?
We are currently looking for new volunteers to join our group sessions. Members of the team have become experts in cleaning, repackaging and box listing new archive collections and are currently working on a large collection of mid-19th to early 20th Century records of Denbighshire County Clerk’s Department. Past tasks have included box listing various collections and the creation of the North Wales Patient Index.
The Clerk’s collection is one of our largest uncatalogued collections and we are eager to get the material listed and available to the public. It consists of hundreds of boxes full of files which reveal the County during a period when there were major developments in medicine and public health, the telephone network, new schools building, motor cars and roads and the outbreak of war.
The County Clerk was a senior official in local government and acted as a record keeper within the organisation. The papers include records relating to every function within the council including (but not limited to) education, environment, licensing, public health, libraries, policing, fire service and agriculture.
The project involves looking through previously unseen material, repackaging if necessary, removing all metal attachments such as paperclips, pins and treasury tags which rust and cause damage to the document and list the content (see photograph above!). The work is supervised by an archivist at all times and guidance and instruction is provided throughout the session.
We are looking for volunteers from a range of backgrounds. You can be any age and looking to learn a new skill or expand your CV, get some work experience, or gain some local knowledge.
Volunteering can benefit you by:
- improving your IT and other work-related skills
- providing a sense of being part of a community
- improving your confidence when looking for a job
- meeting new people
Volunteering also supports people returning to work after a period of unemployment, by providing training in new skills and experience in new sectors.
You can find out more about this volunteer role, including an application form, on our new webpage.