Collections Volunteer

  • VO100289


We are seeking volunteers to assist in cataloguing and digitising our collection.

This will include object handling and research, photographing objects and uploading the data onto our digital database.
No prior experience is necessary as on-site training will be given in a supportive environment.
We are looking for someone with enthusiasm, an interest in the past and a desire to learn new skills.
Ideally, they would volunteer at least three hours per week but this could be discussed with potential candidates.

This position would suit:
an undergraduate or postgraduate student seeking curatorial experience or work within the heritage sector
a person who wants to develop their skills for employment or
a person seeking new skills or experiences with an interest in history.

Organisation aims and objectives

Dalkeith Museum provides an open, welcoming public space where the rich history and heritage of Dalkeith can be discovered and explored by both visitors and local residents. Over the years, Dalkeith History Society had built up an extensive collection of artefacts that reflects the area’s varied past. The Museum, located in the Grade A listed Victorian Corn Exchange, once the largest in Scotland, now provides dedicated space in which the collection can be displayed and shared. Dalkeith has a fascinating and unique history and through the exhibition panels, display cases, cupboards, films and photographs, aspects of the town story will be revealed to the visitors. Schools and community groups are actively encouraged to visit and handling boxes with artefacts can be borrowed for outreach activities, projects or presentations.










3 hours per week


Experience required: Computer skills would be an advantage. Attention to detail. Ability to work as part of a team. An interest in old Dalkeith would be helpful.
Travel details: The museum is close to the centre of Dalkeith and is well-served by buses. The nearest train station is Eskbank.
Minimum age: 16


Training details: Internal training and support will be provided by the Volunteer Coordinator and the Volunteer Archivist. Volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in relevant courses organised online and in person by Museums, Galleries Scotland
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
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