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Volunteers at the Dorset History Centre

Volunteering at the Dorset History Centre is a rewarding way to learn about our work and meet new people.

Dorset History Centre (DHC) recruits volunteers to work on projects that assist in preserving the collections and making them accessible to a wide audience. Typical work includes packaging, indexing, transcribing, research, digitisation and stocktaking. We also have a small team of volunteers who research materials for community projects.

Past projects include:

  • packaging and indexing the jury lists 
  • transcribing the Sherborne Manor court books 
  • scanning and indexing slides and photographs
  • collecting oral histories
  • distributing promotional materials

Volunteers are recruited to specific projects. Volunteer positions will be advertised below as they become available.

Research Volunteer

We are currently seeking a volunteer to research topics and themes in the archives as directed by a supervisor; to find material that can be used for outreach, activities and events. If you have good communication and research skills and time to give we would like to hear from you. This role would require you to:

  • be selective about the most appropriate areas for research to meet different audience's needs
  • follow new leads uncovered through research where appropriate
  • identify archive items suitable for social media e.g. Twitter
  • help to write short articles suitable for publishing on the project blog and/or exhibition materials
  • present research findings in a clear and concise manner, including referencing relevant sources

Please see the full role description (pdf, 120kb) (opens in a new window) for further details.

Volunteer application form

If you would like to get involved with any of these roles please fill in our volunteer application form (pdf, 330kb) (opens in a new window), specifying which role you are interested in, and return it to Dorset History Centre.

Dorset Archives Trust

Dorset Archives Trust (opens in a new window) (DAT) is an independent charitable body who support the work of Dorset History Centre. DAT welcomes new volunteers to help organise events, distribute information and raise awareness of the work of the Trust. For more information contact DAT at 

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