Specialist Roles

Volunteer for specialist jobs


There are a number of more specialist positions occupied by volunteers

Collections Manager

The Collections Manager is one of the most important positions. Although the collection is relatively small, it needs good care and the primary role of the Collections Manager is to look after the physical objects. The Collections Manager also helps with the formulation and documentation of policies on collection management, and the cataloguing of all our artifacts. A commitment of a day a week is needed. Previous experience would be a major advantage.

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Oral History Team Leader

We are looking for an oral history enthusiast to lead the oralhistory team. We collect stories and memories of people who have experienced life on the London canals and associated history by recording interviews that are then added to the museum's collection. The team leader's role is to receive and investigate possible leads on candidates for interview, allocate interviewing to other team members as well as him or herself, and guide the work of the technical editor and transcriber

Oral History Technical Editor

You will need to be computer-literate to do this role as it involves editing the raw audio files collected by oral history interviewers to eliminate unwanted noises and digressions (e.g. interruptions, external noises, hesitation noises, repetitions) to produce agood quality recording suitable for publication where practicable. Previous experience with Audacity or similar software would be desirable

Oral History Transcriber

For reference, and for publication as an aid to hearing-impaired users, we create transcripts of oral history recordings. This involves listening and writing down what is said. It is a role that could be carried out from home if preferred.

Ice Cream Demonstrator

We are looking for a costumed interpreter to act in the role of Mrs Agnes B. Marshall, a celebrated cook and teacher in her day and the publisher of two books of ice cream recipies in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She gave cookery demonstrations to large audiences in the days before such things were done on television and we would like our costumed interpreter to do scheduled ice-cream making demonstrations for our visitors in the museum. Some demonstrations will be for planned groups of visitors, mostly on weekdays, and some will be at weekends. We have a reproduction of Mrs Marshall's ice cream making machine that is used for these demonstrations. A costume will be provided. You will need to:

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