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Windermere Jetty Museum Oral History Volunteer

This is a great opportunity to become part of a small friendly team and to gain an insight into the collection at our new museum. We’re looking for a volunteer to help us manage the oral history collection at Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories. Initially this will involve transcribing oral histories, to ensure they can be accessed by researchers and enable indexing.

This will be a project-based role, which will run for an initial 6-week period, however, there’s a possibility that the project could be extended.   

What's involved?

Windermere Jetty houses a significant collection of boats dating back nearly 200 years, as well as hundreds of small objects relating to the maritime and social history of the area. Behind the boats and objects is a library of archival material which helps us understand and research our collection. The collection of oral histories is an integral part of this collection.

  • We’re looking for a person who’s computer literate and organized.
  • You’ll be creating and editing word documents.
  • You’ll need to wear headphones and play, pause and rewind oral history files through a computer program in order to transcribe them.
  • The project will be supervised by the Collections Management Assistant.

Will I be trained?

  • When you first join the volunteering team, you’ll receive information, instruction, some simple basic training and then supervision from a member of the curatorial team.
  • All training will be provided, including detailed instructions on how to use any hardware or computer software needed.


What can I expect?

  • A set weekly time, 10.00am – 12.30pm on a Monday, to work through a collection of digital audio files to transcribe them.
  • A suitable working space and all necessary equipment will be provided.
  • We ask that you treat your slots on the volunteer rota as a firm commitment. We appreciate that there may be times when you’re unable to attend at the last minute (perhaps because of illness or a domestic emergency) – we would appreciate it if you could let us know as soon as possible so that we can make other plans.


What skills are needed?

  • You’ll need to be computer literate.
  • An ability to understand spoken English.
  • Applicants will need to have a high level of accuracy and excellent attention to detail.
  • You’ll need to be able to listen to and follow instructions carefully.
  • Ability to work with confidential information and be willing to sign a confidentiality agreement.

How to get involved?


Send an email giving us a little more detail about you, your interests and experience to:

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