Volunteering at The Centre for Computing History

The Centre for Computing History needs your help!

Our volunteers are achieving great things but there is so much more we would like to do.

We understand that your time is valuable so offering to volunteer for us is something we really do appreciate.

Whether you live locally or far away we have a number of activities that would really help move the museum forward. We are an 'inclusive' organisation and really want to create 'jobs' for anyone regardless of their capabilities.

 

Current Requirements (Winter 2017)

We are currently changing our volunteering procedures to help us more efficiently manage all the people who want to help us out.  New applicants will be put on hold until these new procedures are in place.  This should be complete by the beginning of 2018.

 

Volunteer Teams

The Centre divides new volunteers into four teams.  Once a new volunteer has bedded in, there will be the opportunity to create a more customised role, but we ask all new volunteers to apply for a specific team.

Archiving: Archiving tasks involve database skills and a willingness to do lots of lifting of boxes, shelves and more. The Centre has a mountain of material in its collection ready to be sorted, stored and listed on our website.  As part of our push towards Museums Accreditation, we're pushing to upgrade all our storage areas and practices.  This needs people willing to help lift and shift, clean up machines and enter information into our database.  This task can also involve digitising documents or listing information about duplicate items on Gamebytes, our resale shop.

Education: During the weekdays, many school groups come to the Centre to participate in tours and workshops. Quite often we need help with setting up the classroom and lunch area and with shepherding students through the galleries. If you have enough experience, you can also help as teaching assistants during school activities.  We’d love it if volunteers could one day lead tours and workshops, but for now all assistance is good.  If you enjoy working with children and young adults and are available on weekdays, this is a good role for you.

Front of House: All museums need friendly faces to assist visitors.  We’re no different.  Front of house volunteers work as visitor guides, showing our guests around the Centre and answering their questions; café operators, serving drinks and snacks; and front desk operators, welcoming visitors and processing payments through the till.  You don’t need to know anything about computers to take up this role and we’ll train you up with all the right info.  All you need is to be comfortable with the public and able to spot when something’s going wrong.

Front of house volunteers are needed all the time the Centre is open.  However, we often have quiet periods, such as late in the afternoons on school days.  There are things that can be done even when we’re quiet with visitors, such as cleaning and restocking the shop and café.  Even if there are no jobs to be done, the front desk needs occupying, so if you like the idea of resting at the front desk with a book and endless cups of tea/coffee, surrounded by nostalgia, this role is also for you.    

Technical: There’s always tinkering going on at CCH, from repairs of old machines to development of new interactive displays to changes on our website.  You’ll need technical knowledge of hardware, software or general electronics, but if you have that this could well be the role for you.

One thing to bear in mind is that technical roles don’t provide you with a neat conveyor belt of tasks to get on with.  We don’t know what will break next, so every day might present you with a new challenge or sometimes no challenge at all.  All volunteers need to be prepared to drop back to other roles, likely front of house, in the event that we don’t have an immediate task, but this is more prevalent in technical roles.  If that’s acceptable, we’d be delighted to have you down as a technical volunteer.

 

 

 

Want to apply?

If you are interested in volunteering your time and playing a vital part in our museum, email us with your details, what you are good at and what you would most like to do.

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you ...

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