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Say cheese! Feature on our new Harris website

Volunteers at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery  The Harris Museum and Art Gallery relies on volunteers in many areas and some of the vital services we provide would not be available if it was not for the goodwill of volunteers and the time they provide. For some volunteers, the process is a significant stepping stone, providing valuable experience in establishing a career within the museum service (or other areas), as well as an opportunity to further an interest or contribute to your local community. We have a number of volunteer opportunities some of which are listed below. However we do often have other opportunities available from time to time.  Current opportunities: We are not currently recruiting any new volunteers. Please keep checking back on this page for updates!  A flavour of volunteering opportunities available:  Guides This involves conducting guided tours around different aspects of the building. We currently have three types of guides, Highlights of the Harris Guides, Egyptian Balcony Guides, Building Tour Guides and Exhibition Guides. Tours currently last about 45 mins. Scripts and training are provided.  Workshop Assistants  We often run workshops in conjunction with exhibitions. These are generally children's workshops for which a freelance artist is employed. These workshops can be held on the premises or at other locations around the city. Assistants help in the set-up, running and data collecting of workshops. Information Assistants  We have a varied exhibition programme including costume, contemporary art, craft and historical and local history. Depending on the exhibition sometimes we ask for volunteer information assistants. This involves being in the gallery at agreed times to talk to visitors about the exhibition content.  External Events and Promotion Assistants  We occasionally take part in external promotional events (including Mela and tourist fairs etc). These involve talking to the public about the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, current exhibitions, future events/exhibitions and the service we provide. Sometimes these may take on a mini workshop form. We also need help with distributing promotional material about the Harris Museum and Art Gallery and we are keen on volunteers assisting with this by distributing material to all appropriate locations.   Research and Cataloguing Collections We currently have three Keepers (Keepers of: Fine Art, Social History and Decorative Art). These keepers look after large collections and are often willing to provide research opportunities into certain aspects of these collections. Opportunities exists to help input paper records onto computer collections management systems. Collections Care Assisting keepers with the general care of collections including: packing and handling Sewing skills are sometimes useful.   Office Duties  Office duties is an aspect we are looking at expanding, however at the moment we do have opportunities such as assisting with mailouts and ad hoc office duties.  Costume Collection Champions Opportunities to work with the costume collection.  Current sessions include making padded hangers for collection storage.

Say cheese! Feature on our new Harris website
We’re looking for people just like you to be on the NEW Harris website. We would like to photograph our exhibitions and spaces being enjoyed by the public. You don’t have to have modelling experience, you just need to be able to interact with what’s going on at the Harris and let the photographer do their magic.

Who are we looking for?
We are looking for people from the ages of 2 to 90 from all different backgrounds. If you have children, grandchildren, friends or partners (that are also happy to be photographed) we’d love to hear from you.

If you are interested and are free on Sunday 9th, September 2018 between 11-2pm, please email our Digital Engagement Officer, Rebecca at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .





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