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Military Collections Documentation Volunteer

Main purpose of role:

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery has received grant funding from the Army Museums Ogilby Trust to document and make accessible 1500 military objects as part of a collections backlog project. The objects relate to both the Northamptonshire Regiment and the Northamptonshire Yeomanry and cover the period 1800 until 1960.

This is an opportunity to join a team of volunteers to help with researching these important objects. We are looking for people with various levels of experience and knowledge of military objects and collections. The end result of the project will be improved access to the military collections and the collections will be effectively cared for. 

Main duties:

  • Catalogue the objects using the Collections Management System Database- MODES Complete.
  • Collate information
  • Updating of paper based and computer records
  • Damage reporting records


Northampton Museum and Art Gallery & Abington Park Museum

Approximate time commitment and duration:

1 day a week Monday – Friday to be confirmed (10.00am to 4.00pm) or ½ day a week (either morning or afternoon)

Useful skills required:

  • Experience of basic computer work
  • Attention to detail and procedures
  • Ability to work on own initiative or as part of a team
  • Interest in military collections
  • Good written skills

Training provided:

All Training to be provided:

  • Manual Handling
  • Object Handling
  • Collections Management System Database
  • Research and photography 

You will also be required to attend an induction session.

Skills volunteers can devleop in the role:

  • Recording skills including how to document and record collections on a museum documentation system and specific training on MODES
  • Written communication skills

Other information:

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

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