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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. 

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.

Vacancy: Research Volunteer (Unlocking the Bankes Archive project)

We are currently seeking volunteer researchers to delve into the archives and develop our understanding of three leading female figures in the Bankes family history - Mary Hawtrey (Brave Dame Mary), Frances Woodley and Henrietta Fraser, who together span four centuries and 300 years of the Kingston Lacy story.

An interest in history, experience of finding and collating information and IT skills are all important for this role. If you have time and skills to offer please read the full role description (pdf, 684kb) (opens in a new window) for further details. 

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 enquiries@dorsetarchivestrust.org 

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