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.
Volunteer application form
If you would like to get involved with any of these roles please fill in our volunteer application form (pdf, 45kb) (opens in a new window), specifying which role you are interested in, and return it to Dorset History Centre.
Vacancy: Support Volunteer
We are currently seeking a volunteer to help support visitors and researchers at DHC who have additional needs.
Great communication skills, patience and excellent literacy skills are all important for this role. If you have time and skills to offer please read the full role description (pdf, 205kb) (opens in a new window) for further details.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Vacancy: Collections Volunteer at Mapperton House, Beaminster
A volunteer is required to work on the papers of the Sandwich family at Mapperton House, Beaminster. The terms of the role are to be agreed directly with the Earl of Sandwich. If you have time and skills to offer please read the role description (pdf, 275kb) (opens in a new window) for further details. Please note that communication in relation this role is direct with Mapperton and not via Dorset History Centre.