Canterbury Cathedral – Oral History Project

The Canterbury Cathedral Archives are looking for volunteer interviewers for their oral history project, The Memories Project. The role of Volunteer Oral History Interviewer is supported by The Canterbury Journey, which aims to engage new, hard-to-reach and diverse audiences with heritage and the collections. The Oral History Interviewer is key to unlocking Canterbury Cathedrals living community archive. The interviewer will collate peoples experiences and memories of the Cathedral and city through wide ranging interviews.

Oral History Interviewers will receive training on how to conduct interviews that allow a person to tell their own story in their own words. Interviewers will also be given training in how to use the recording equipment. It is hoped that interested volunteers will be able to commit to conducting at least 3 interviews over the course of a year.

The link below will bring you to Canterbury Cathedral’s vacancy page, which has more information available on this role, and through which you can apply. The deadline for applications is Sunday 3 March, 2019.

https://www.canterbury-cathedral.org/get-involved/employment/vacancies/

Volunteer opportunity – Archival project with Blind Veterans UK

Blind Veterans UK is a charity working to support ex-service men and women who live with significant sight loss. The charity is beginning a project to explore the rehabilitation and training work undertaken by the charity since its inception, and it is looking for volunteers to support the scoping study that will be put together to support an external funding application.

This is a substantial opportunity for students who wish to gain first-hand experience of both the charities sector and of archival research. The successful applicants will be expected to support the project for roughly two days per week for several months. Travel and other reasonable expenses will be covered by the charity.

For details, download the role profile below. If you are interested in this role, please contact Roy Baker via email at archives@blindveterans.org.uk, or by telephone on 020 7616 7933.

Archive Project Volunteer, Blind Veterans UK

Age of Revolution project – call for volunteers

Do you have a desire for a career in a museum or as a teacher, or maybe you just think it would be cool to do some research that extends beyond your degree, or you like blogging, or photography, or you are interested in the time period 1775-1848?

The Age of Revolution project are looking for additional student volunteers to join an exciting project running from 2017-2020, in partnership with Waterloo200, the Historical Association, Culture24, and a range of museums, libraries, and archives across the UK.

If you think that this could be something you would be interested in, please find further information on the attached flyer and complete the application form, returning to Becky Beach at ageofrevolution@kent.ac.uk by Monday 19th November.

You can visit the project’s blog page here: https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/ageofrevolution/home-page/. You can also find out more at: http://waterloo200.org/

School EDI student representatives

As you may know, last year the School became one of only eight history departments to receive an Athena SWAN bronze award in recognition of our commitment to equality across gender and all the protected characteristics. But we aren’t stopping here! In our quest to make the School a place where everyone, students and staff, can achieve their best through a supportive environment and equal opportunities, we are already thinking about applying for a silver award.

This is where you come in: we need student input and feedback to help make sure this process is about everyone in the School, not just staff. Our two fantastic student members of the School’s EDI committee have stood down, and the School is hoping to recruit several students to take their places.

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Placement Opportunity – Layers of London

Layers of London is a collaborative project led by the Institute of Historical Research to engage the people of London in developing a record of the city’s past, using layered historic maps to record hundreds of thousands of stories, recording fresh and neglected voices, perspectives, memories and histories.

The Layers of London team are offering a placement opportunity in the coming autumn months for students to get involved in the project’s research, and to present case studies of the historical information the project can present to the public.

The project are asking for volunteers to give between 4-5 hours per week between 8th October and 10th December. All travel expenses will be paid, and training and a dedicated working space in London will be provided.

If you have an interest in public engagement, online engagement, archives and museums, community engagement, social and local history, and geography, download the full role brief from the link below:

Student Placement Brief

Volunteering Opportunities at the Royal Engineers Museum

The Royal Engineers Museum, Library and Archive at Chatham have a range of volunteering opportunities available. The museum is a short walk from the University’s Medway campus, and is a great organisation that presents the history of the Royal Engineering Corps in an accessible and engaging way.

If you are interested in learning more about management of archives and collections, how to organise and present exhibitions, or how to put together a heritage learning programme, and would like to volunteer your time please head to http://www.re-museum.co.uk/work-with-us/ and get in touch with the REMLA team.

‘Beyond the Barricade’ – volunteering opportunity to support the Age of Revolutions project

The School has an exciting opportunity to get involved in a national project showcasing the history of the Age of Revolutions.

As part of the national Age of Revolutions project, the University’s team are organising an exhibition at the Studio 3 Gallery on campus entitled ‘Beyond the Barricade’ (Sept-Nov 2018) that looks at the art of revolution. Part of this exhibition will document historic revolutionary activity in Canterbury and Kent, and Dr Ben Marsh, the project’s organiser, would like to invite anyone interested to contribute to this effort.

The team are looking for any volunteers to help contribute to a short section of the pamphlet that will accompany the exhibition, presenting the history of riots and protests in our local area. This will involve working with the Special Collections team in the Library and the Cathedral Archives and Library over the next six weeks. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in expanding their experience of archival research, and to contribute to a national historic project that is expanding the public’s knowledge of our revolutionary and rebellious past.

If you are interested in taking part in this project, please contact Dr Marsh (B.J.Marsh@kent.ac.uk).

Kent Gives Back – Volunteer to support Walk the Walk

The Kent Gives Back weekend is fast approaching and we’re looking for any alumni, students or staff who would be able to volunteer at the events to support a range of charitable activities.

The first event is The MoonWalk London on Saturday evening. The MoonWalk is organised by Walk the Walk, the UK’s largest grant-making breast cancer charity that is dedicated to not only raising money and awareness for vital breast cancer causes, but to also encourage women and men to become more aware of their own potential for fitness and wellbeing. The MoonWalk overnight power walking challenges have raised over £122m, which has been granted to research into breast cancer and to improve the lives of people living with cancer now.

If you would like to be there as a steward, head to the Facebook event for more information and details on how to sign up.

Volunteers wanted at PWRR & Queen’s Museum, Dover Castle

The Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment and Queen’s Regiment Museum at Dover Castle (located within the keep walls at Dover Castle, but unaffiliated with English Heritage) are looking for volunteers who would like to get involved in collections care, research, public engagement, and website development and social media.

Catherine Holt, the Assistant Curator of the museum, has come to speak at the University on a number of occasions over the last few years, and is very interested in welcoming new volunteers to the museum and providing training in all the different aspects of curation and museum management. If you would like to get involved, please contact her via email at pwrrqueensmuseum@btconnect.com.

Volunteers needed for a new project exploring representations of the Zeebrugge Raid of 1918

THE ZEEBRUGGE RAID: CREATING A LEGEND

A free event at the University of Kent
Friday 11th May 2018
10am – 3pm

Gateways to the First World War is launching a new project to investigate the ways in which the famous Zeebrugge raid of 1918 was presented to the British people, using local and national newspapers and magazines as a source.

We would like to recruit a team of volunteers to work with Professor Mark Connelly in exploring the stories relating to the raid.

Join us at this event at the University of Kent to find about more about the project and how to get involved.

Find full details of the event and book your place here.
 

Voluntary summer placement – Layers of London

Layers of London is advertising three voluntary student placements to take place in June. Head to their website for more information.


Layers of London is a digital mapping platform where users can overlay historical maps over the contemporary map of London to see how the city has changed through time. Stories and memories on the website are crowd-sourced so we can get a diverse, representative and interesting range of histories about London pinned on the map to their exact locations today! These include oral histories, photographs, stories and memories and examples include; documenting the building developments and changes in Barking and Dagenham, documenting Conscientious Objectors in Haringey and recording prisoner of war stories in Newham and much more.

If you are interested in taking part, head to our website for more information and details on how to apply. The deadline to apply is 14th May.

Work Experience at The Writer

The University has been contacted by The Writer, a brand language consultancy based in London. Read on if you would be interested in a two-day work experience placement in April.


Work experience, but not as you know it

Work experience. Chances are the last time you were roped into work experience, you were at school. A week-long stint somewhere obscure that may or may not have had anything to do with your studies.

Thankfully, our work experience is a little different. It’s two days of writing exercises, fun things to get you thinking and lots more to show you that a career in writing isn’t just for journalists or publishers.

You’ll get a taste of agency life at Writer HQ, right next to London’s Borough Market. And if you’re extra brilliant, we might invite you back for a paid internship (and even a job).

It’s for you if:

  • you’re in your second year (but we don’t mind too much, if you’re not)
  • you already write for your course
  • you write in your spare time too
  • you’re a bit of a word geek
  • you’re free Thursday 12th and Friday 13th April.

Got 300 words up your sleeve?

Head to our website for all the details, put together 300 words on why we should pick you and apply here. You’ve got until Friday 23rd March.

Last, but not least, who are we again?

The Writer is the world’s largest brand language consultancy. We work with companies all over the world to get their words working harder. We help brands stand out from their competitors, improve how they deal with customers, shape their culture, and even make and save them cold, hard cash.

We’ve shown O2 how to ‘Be more dog’, come up with the latest names for the Lynx bodyspray your little brother probably wears, and helped define how Barbie should sound on Facebook. And we’ve trained over 250,000 people in how to write professionally, with personality.

Find out more about The Writer on our website, say hello on Twitter or connect with us on LinkedIn.

Enactus competition – sustainable business and volunteer ideas

Every year, Enactus teams from universities all over the UK come together in London to present their newest ideas for self-sustainable business and volunteer projects. Each team presents the work they’ve accomplished throughout the year in front of a panel of judges made up of Enactus sponsors like KPMG, Tesco, AIG, EY, Unilever etc.

As it includes presentations requiring public speaking skills and answering questions in front of a panel of judges, this experience is a great opportunity that can add value to the student’s CV as well. In addition to this, participants will be able to meet prospective employers as there will be a dedicated Careers Fair at the event which will include many of the Enactus UK sponsors (a complete list of sponsors can be found here).

Enactus Kent is looking for students to join their team to prepare for the 2018 regional and national Enactus competitions.

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Volunteers wanted to support Smart Eco City: Canterbury 2050

Smart Eco City: Canterbury 2050

‘Smart Eco City: Canterbury 2050’ is a special one day workshop/symposium, to be held on 14th May at the University of Kent’s Canterbury campus. The event will be an interdisciplinary sandpit where multidisciplinary teams will work on building a virtual blueprint for Canterbury 2050, drawing on latest developments from all fields.

The workshop organiser is seeking to recruit a number of volunteers to help ensure the day runs smoothly. Read on to find out more, or see the workshop’s website and Sway presentation: https://sway.com/0mkyA98O9vsd75Db

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