Dalkeith History Society/Dalkeith Museum

Charity registered in Scotland SC045434

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.

Current opportunities

We are looking for enthusiastic and friendly volunteers who can regularly give us four hours of their time per fortnight. We are currently open 2 days a week from 11am to 3pm and are hoping to increase our opening hours in the near future. Duties of the role include: • Welcoming visitors and answering questions • Selling museum publications • Recording visitor information • Receiving items donated by members of the public We are looking for people who have: · An interest in Dalkeith’s history · Good people skills · Good listening skills Experience of using Word and Excel would be a bonus You can check out our website for more information about the museum at www.dalkeithmuseum.co.uk. A volunteer application form can be downloaded and printed from the site for completion. Alternatively, email volunteers@dalkeithmuseum.co.uk if you would like to be contacted by the Volunteer Coordinator.

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.