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/

Diaries of the Here and Now

The University’s Special Collections and Archives is taking part in an exciting project designed to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice, and they would like to invite you to take part.

‘The Diaries of the Here and Now’ has been developed by artist Dawn Cole, and will record 11th November 2018, and give a snapshot into the lives of the people who take part in the remembrance of the centenary of Armistice Day.

For more information, see the the University’s blog for details:

If you are interested in remembrance, you may also be interested in the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation project to create a digital archive of the First World War artefacts stored in bedrooms and attics across the UK.

Commonwealth War Graves Foundation

The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation is working in collaboration with Oxford University to create a digital archive of the First World War artefacts stored in bedrooms and attics across the UK.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, they will be staging events across the UK, encouraging people to bring along their family heirlooms to be included in the project.

As well as hosting four major Roadshow events, they aim to help support local events across the country. However, they cannot do this without a team of dedicated volunteers who will help them host and support these events.

If you are interested in hosting your own collection day in your community, the Foundation can provide support and training from the planning to the wrap-up of an event. If you aren’t able to host your own event, but would still like to be involved, then you can sign up as a project volunteer. The Foundation will let you know of events happening near you, and you can help out in a variety of roles, from interviewing visitors to record their First World War stories to photographing the objects they bring in.

Hosting an event in your local area is a great public engagement opportunity and provides an opportunity to engage with primary source material in understanding the way that the First World War has been interpreted and remembered by subsequent generations, as well as contributing to a national, publicly accessible archive project.

More information can be found here: https://www.cwgc.org/lest-we-forget

If you are interested in volunteering, fill out the ‘Expression of Interest’ form at the bottom of the page and send it to volunteers@cwgc.org You can also use that email address if you have any questions about this project.

London Museums of Health and Medicine Open Day

You are cordially invited to this year’s London Museums of Health and Medicine Open Day at 2pm-5pm, 27th October at the British Dental Association.

Hosted by the British Dental Association Museum, the day will be packed with exciting events and activities from more than 10 of London’s best medical museums, including the Science Museum, the Wellcome Collection and the Old Operating Theatre.

Admission to the Open Day is FREE. For more information, visit: www.bda.org/museum/exhibitions-and-events.

The day also includes a performance of ‘The Dentist Will See You Now’. This is a dramatic reconstruction of a lecture by a school dentist in 1910, demonstrating how Edwardian dentists viewed standards of mouth hygiene and cleanliness. The event involves some audience participation! Suitable for ages 7+.

Use the Eventbrite page on the website to book for ‘The Dentist Will See You Now’ or contact Dr Claire L. Jones for more information (c.l.jones-26@kent.ac.uk).

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.

Internship opportunities at Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral is advertising a pair of internship placements suitable for anyone interested in learning more about collections management, community engagement, and the wider museums and heritage sector.

These internships would fulfil all the criteria of a Year in Industry for the successful candidate, or be an excellent foot in the door for a recent graduate interested in the sector. For more details about the Year in Industry scheme, please contact Jon Beer. For more information and to apply for the internships, see the links below.

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‘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).

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.

Heritage Training Placements for BAME students with Historic England

Historic England are offering a number of training placements for current undergraduates and recent graduates from a BAME background with a range of national heritage organisations. See below or their website for details.

  • Are you interested in heritage but not sure if it’s the career for you?
  • Do you want to learn new skills while being paid?

We’re excited to offer a number of training placements for undergraduates or recent graduates (graduated within the last 18 months). If you’re interested in gaining skills and experience for a career in heritage and identify as having Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic Heritage or mixed heritage (jump to Background to find out why), please see how to apply below.
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Opportunity with the National Trust – Bodiam Castle

The management team of the National Trust at Bodiam Castle in East Susses has advertised a unique opportunity for one or two students to enrich their knowledge and understanding of how museums or heritage bodies work.

They are looking for students to become members of the Bodiam Advisory Committee, taking a role in decision-making about the Castle and experiencing first hand how the National Trust works with inherited bodies.

Any student interested in a future within museums or heritage will gain enormous insights into the way heritage charities work with trustees and similar bodies. For example, they will gain first-hand understanding of the pressures to conserve and protect the built and landscape environments, whilst also raising necessary funds to carry out such work.

The committee helps the National Trust protect the castle, given to the nation by Lord Curzon. Bodiam is a fascinating site, which, as well as being a fourteenth-century moated castle, includes within its landscape evidence of a key Neolithic, then Roman, then Medieval, cross roads; a Roman Fort; and evidence of medieval fish and Mill ponds. Its wharf area was once a thriving port and it is still possible to travel by boat to Bodiam Castle.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Dr Michele Moatt at Michele.Moatt@nationaltrust.org.uk with your CV and a statement of interest.

Volunteering: Roles at PWRR and Queen’s Museum

The Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment and the Queen’s Regiment Museum – based inside Dover Castle – have several volunteering opportunities available, to work with their staff as a Collections Assistant or a Museum Assistant.

These roles are excellent opportunities for any students interested in a career in the museums and heritage sector to gain some invaluable experience of working in a busy museum. Training will be provided, and travel costs to and from Dover Castle will be provided by the museum (applicants may also be eligible to receive funding from the University’s Experience of Work bursary scheme).

For more information, download the role descriptions below. To apply, email the Assistant Curator, Catherine Holt, at pwrrqueensmuseum@btconnect.com.

Museum Assistant

Collections Assistant

Volunteers Wanted – Age of Revolutions Project

Dr Ben Marsh is currently looking for volunteers who are interested in taking part in the Age of Revolutions Project that will be running between 2017 and 2020.

The University of Kent scheme will match student volunteers up with appropriate projects for their interests, skills, time availability, and ambitions, with the possibility of student placements (e.g. travelling to work in museums or archives for short periods), project work (e.g. writing descriptive content or designing artwork for digital resources), and other activities supporting research or work with schools.

We will be running a range of trips and workshops, including a discounted visit to Waterloo in February, and the first placements are expected to begin in Spring 2018 but opportunities will run through 2019.

Attached is a call for volunteers, containing more information about the project, and a short application form which anyone interested should complete and return to Dr Marsh by Monday 13th November 2017.

For more information, download this call for volunteers. To apply, complete application form and send it to Dr Marsh (either hand it in to the History Reception or scan and email it to B.J.Marsh@kent.ac.uk.