Volunteer Opportunity: Digitisation Programme

Role: Digitisation Programme

Accountability:  Curator, Senior Curator and Archivist

Hours: This role will require a flexible time commitment during weekday work hours. Ideally volunteers should be able to offer at least half a day per fortnight.

Location: National Justice Museum, Shire Hall, High Pavement, The Lace Market, Nottingham NG1 1HN.

Purpose of role: Digitisation of the nationally significant HM Prison Service collection to preserve and increase access to the collection.

The HM Prison service collection contains over 20,000 artefacts, archival material and photographs dating from 1784 to 2001. It depicts the history of imprisonment from the 1700s to modern day including punishment, religion, medicine, education, work and administration.

Helpful skills/experience: Able to use a computer, reliable, good with detail, an interest in digitisation, research skills. Previous experience of digitising museum objects will be useful but not necessary.

Training offered: Training will be offered appropriate to the role, including object handling and scanning and documentation and cataloguing procedures. All volunteers receive the National Justice Museum induction, including a health and safety briefing. Volunteers will be notified of further training opportunities, including with external organisations, as and when they are relevant.

Role and responsibilities:

  • Undertake digitisation work (scanning) of museum objects.
  • Ensure museum objects and material are handled with care, diligence and sensitivity in addition to complying with the Data Protection Act.
  • Ensure scanning equipment is used and maintained appropriately.
  • Ensure image files are named and saved appropriately according to the museum’s procedures.
  • Assist with cataloguing and researching of the digitised objects when required.
  • Attend any relevant training and team meetings.

What will I learn?

  • How to use digital equipment
  • Cataloguing skills
  • Research skills
  • Museum collection management skills
  • History of imprisonment from 1700s to modern day

Benefits of Volunteering at the National Justice Museum:

  • See ‘behind the scenes’ of one of Nottingham’s most important heritage sites and best-loved visitor attractions
  • Give real constructive input into the redevelopment of the museum and therefore help create a legacy of better access for all
  • Gain experience in a working environment and gain valuable work-related skills, particularly relevant to the heritage and tourism sectors
  • Be part of a significant Heritage Lottery Fund project
  • Gain practical, hands on experience
  • Be part of a close-knit, award winning team
  • Meet new people and have fun
  • Be reimbursed for any travel expenses

For more information, contact volunteer@nationaljusticemuseum.org.uk