Whether you have a passion for history, want to improve your knowledge and skills, or simply want to get involved in something worthwhile, volunteering at The National Archives can help you to achieve your aim.
A sector-wide Volunteering in Archives report revealed that volunteering can benefit you by:
- improving your IT and other work-related skills
- providing a better sense of being part of a community
- improving confidence when job hunting
- increasing social life and gaining new friends
Volunteering also supports individuals returning to work after periods of unemployment by providing training in new skills and exposure to new sectors.
To bring focus to volunteering, we have a User Participation Board, which meets monthly and oversees a growing number of new and diverse ways in which volunteers can support the work of The National Archives, as well as ensuring they are effectively supervised and that their voices are heard.
Anne Ramon is the current representative for volunteers on the Board where she can openly discuss any issues of concern raised by Volunteers, ask questions about current and any future projects and provide feedback from Volunteers on issues raised by the Board.
Anne also meets Caroline Ottaway-Searle, The National Archives’ Director of Public Engagement, on a monthly basis for wider updates on Volunteering and the National Archives.
In volunteering at The National Archives, you will be contributing to the future of historical research.
Our volunteers are vital to our work at The National Archives, engaging in a wide range of activities from helping to conserve and preserve our collections, to improving access and enhancing our records online.
Hear from our staff about how working with volunteers has helped us and the work of The National Archives.