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Volunteers needed at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery
3:30pm Thursday 4th October 2012 in Devon
Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery is recruiting a new batch of volunteers to run its ‘Discovery Desks’ on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoons.
The desks are themed around the museum’s decorative art, human history and natural history collections.
They give members of the public a chance to handle objects that are hundreds, sometimes thousands of years old, while volunteers chat to them, provide useful information and ask pictures.
The desks are part of the museum’s ‘First Hand’ scheme, an initiative designed to make its collections and displays more accessible to visitors.
Volunteers will be expected to commit to two sessions a month, for a minimum of six months, from October this year to April next year.
Discovery Desk sessions will run from 1pm to 3pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
No previous experience or knowledge is needed as the museum will provide full training.
Anyone wishing to apply to the scheme must complete and return an application form by this Monday, October 8.
Forms can be collected from the museum’s welcome desk or downloaded from the museum’s volunteering page. More information about the project is also available on 01752 304774.
Completed application forms should be sent to First Hand – Discovery Desk Volunteers, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AJ or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Short, informal interviews will be held for all shortlisted applicants on Tuesday, October 16 and Thursday, October 18.
Those who are successful will then be expected to attend two training days which will take place on Monday, October 22 and Wednesday, October 24.
Potential volunteers who would like to find out more can see the museum’s current Discovery Desks in action. T
hese are currently running on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoons between 1pm and 3pm and feature Ancient Egypt, natural history and Plymouth Porcelain.
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