Lowewood Museum in Hertfordshire has begun a project focusing on a set of five diaries written in World War One. The man who wrote them served in both the RAMC and in the Essex regiment, and the project leader is looking for four volunteers to help transcribe them. If you would be interested in taking part in this project, see below for details.

Are you passionate about the stories of people in the First World War? Do you have a keen interest in history? Why not join our project team and help us to transcribe a collections of First World War diaries?

The main duty of this role is to accurately transcribe verbatim (in full) a section of the diaries. Throughout the task volunteers will be required to note down key areas of interest including names, dates or geographical locations mentioned for further research.

In addition to this the duties of the role may also include:

Additional research on the details written in the diary

  • Assisting the project officer with other areas of research
  • Verifying the work that other volunteers have transcribed as well as understanding that their interpretation of the diaries will be verified in turn
  • Inputting collection information onto the museum database

As part of the interview process there will be a short test to transcribe one of the pages from the diary.

A meticulous approach and attention to detail is essential and previous experience and skills in transcribing handwritten documents are desirable.

You can find the job specification here. For more details and to apply, please contact Rachel Arnold at rarnold@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.