- Are you interested in finding out more about local history or do you have local history knowledge that you would like to share with others?
- Would you like to research and write short pieces about the people , places and objects in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland that relate to our unique and rich heritage of industry and innovation?
- Would you like to see this work published online on our new, innovative interactive digital map showcasing the region’s rich heritage of innovation in the fields of science, industry and technology.
If this sounds like you, then why not become a volunteer with Museum Northumberland’s
Our Past Your Future project?
We are looking for people who are interested in researching and writing about the great innovators and sites in our region that tell the story of our rich heritage relating to industry, engineering, technology and science. The Our Past Your Future (OPYF) digital map aims to tell this story from the tools of the stone age to the wind turbines of today and everything in between! We would want you to turn this research into engaging, short written pieces for our website and to, where possible, find images and other media relating to the subject. All our volunteers will be supported by the Digital Heritage Outreach Officer and training will be provided.
Volunteering is a great way to gain experience and develop skills in something you really enjoy, as well as to meet new people and learn about the history and heritage of the area.
Our Past, Your Future, as well as being an ambitious project to map to the North of Tyne’s unique and rich heritage of industry and innovation, delivers targeted schools and community-based activities that help foster the career aspirations of our young people in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
The project aims to utilise this rich heritage and links with the region’s current STEM employers to support a generation of young people to enter secondary school understanding that STEM routes are accessible to ‘people like me’. This will be achieved through a programme of activity in schools, community engagement activities, and the creation of a digital map showcasing the region’s rich heritage of innovation in the fields of science, industry and technology.
Volunteer Role Description
Volunteers will carry out online research into people, places and objects of interest relating to the rich industrial/scientific and technological history of the North of Tyne area. You will then distil this research into engaging original written copy and will resource images and other available media to be published alongside it on our online map. You can follow your own lines of interest or pick something from the Digital Heritage Officer’s wish list of things we would like on the map.
Our ambition is that by the end of the project you will have worked to co-create a comprehensive, informative, interesting and useful online resource about the fantastic innovations relating to industry, science, engineering and technology of the North of Tyne area. This resource will be used to inspire and instil a sense of pride of place for those living here or with roots here and literally put the area and it’s achievements on the map!
What the role will involve:
- consulting online resources/sources
- consulting original archive sources where necessary/appropriate
- extracting information from their contents
- writing engaging and original summary text about the site/person or object
- researching digital images relating to the above and checking rights issues and gaining permission to use them and any other media e.g. relevant videos / audio recordings etc. on our digital map. (no prior experience necessary -training will be given).
- Suggesting new sites/people/objects to add to the map
From now up until December 2022 – but can be for any length of time within this. There may also be opportunities to carry on creating content beyond this date. You may just want to create one or two pages or many. To a large extent you will be able to manage your own work schedule with guidance from the Digital Heritage Outreach Officer.
This activity will be able to take place remotely, with contact with the Digital Heritage Outreach Officer. There may be the possibility for some in-person training on site at Woodhorn Museum, Northumberland, depending on current covid guidelines, but this attendance for training can also be online.
- an interest in the local history of Newcastle, Northumberland and North Tyneside.
- an interest in online research and with archive material
- an interest and ability to summarise in writing this research into engaging copy for the digital map webpages.
- ability to work on your own and under your own steam.
- attendance at appropriate training to develop your skills (either in-person or online).
Our commitment to you:
Through this role you will gain:
- the opportunity to develop your knowledge of local history with a focus on the STEM-related achievements of the North of Tyne area (Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland), or to share your prior knowledge with a wide online audience.
- the possibility to follow your own bespoke interests or to work from a pre-compiled list of things we would like to see on the map
- the opportunity to develop your writing skills and be published online and named as author.
- the possibility of working with primary source archive material.
- experience of working independently, yet as part of a bigger team.
We will also reimburse reasonable out-of-pocket expenses such as for travel.
- Pointers on writing interesting copy of places, people and objects for our audiences to engage with.
- How to secure online publishing rights for image and media re-use.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, or want to find out more, contact
Julie Ballands, Digital Heritage Outreach Officer firstname.lastname@example.org or 07920 561213
Please note, due to part-time working hours, it may take several days to get a response.