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Military Enquiries Volunteer

Main purpose of role:

This role is to assist museum staff to answer military enquiries by researching Northamptonshire Regiment and the Northamptonshire Yeomanry archives and collections held at Northampton Museums & Art Gallery, and to collate research for future exhibitions.

Main duties:

  • Review enquiries
  • Search archives and collections at Northampton Museums and Art Gallery
  • Search archives at the Local Studies Library and Record Office
  • Use internet resources
  • Collate information into the research template for the history curator
  • Contact other museums/archives for information
  • Search national archives 
  • Collate information into the research template for history curator
  • Draft responses to enquirers


From home, Abington Park Museum, Northampton Museums and Art Gallery, Northampton Records Office and Central Library

Approximate time commitment and duration:

Attendance at a meeting on the first Thursday of the month to discuss enquiries 1000 - 1130
Every Thursday morning 1000 - 1330 at Northampton Museum & Art Gallery or Abington Park Museum 
Other locations by arrangement as required for research purposes.

Useful skills required:

  • Interest in Military History
  • Good understanding of the English Language
  • Good written skills
  • Good research skills 
  • Able to use the internet to search in a coherent way
  • Able to use Microsoft Office packages to provide a summary of the collated research 

Training provided:

Military history research and object handling

Skills volunteers can develop in the role:

Research skills, written communication skills, Military historical knowledge. 

Other information:

  • All equipment will be provided
  • Free tea/coffee and biscuits
  • Free parking

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