Heritage Research Volunteer

  • VO86690


Description

This role is a research-based opportunity to discover heritage materials to be stored within the Tweedmuir Eco Museum. It will be an opportunity to investigate some of the fascinating history of Scotland that has connections to Tweedsmuir, and uncover some of the characters that have played a part in the community of Tweedsmuir.

This role will require research online and in other heritage archives to locate new information about the heritage of Tweedmuir. We have already identified various themes that need to be explored, and there are opportunities for individuals to explore their own particular area of interest.
There is also the opportunity to interview local residents and collect stories and stories to be included within the database. The database has the functionality to store the recordings of the interviews.

Skills & Experience required:

Candidates will require a reasonable internet connection, access to a laptop or desktop computer, and have email and internet browser (Chrome is preferred)
Candidates will need to be computer literate, and have good reading and writing skills. They would need to be conscientious and have experience of using word processing packages.
Candidates would benefit from having some historical knowledge, particularly relating to Scottish Borders History. Experience of online research would be an advantage. Skills in referencing materials.
People keen to be involved in interviewing would need to have good personal skills, and an engaging manner.
Full training will be given on how to use the database, and support will be available.

Organisation aims and objectives

TCC is a local charity that has been set up to support the local residents to enhance their community. The Community have bought the Crook Inn, a historic pub, first licenced in the 1700s, and are currently renovating the buildings to create a community hub. This will provide recreation, leisure, social space, gardening, meeting rooms, destination for visitors and recreation opportunities. We are also creating an eco museum and website linked to the rick heritage of our community, that will allow everyone to explore the museum, and visit local landmarks and interest sites to enhance their understanding of Tweedsmuir. The Eco museum will be a store of the heritage of Tweedsmuir, from the ancient past to the modern day, and protect these stories, photographs, drawings and videos for the future.

Restrictions

Travel details: In your own home, unless interviewing , when meetings may take place in public venues or peoples own homes. Might require travel to physical heritage archives.
Minimum age: 16

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Relevant expenses would be compensated, with prior approval
Training details: An initial induction with the Community Development Officer, followed up with training videos, on how the database works. Ongoing support

Last updated 4 months ago

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