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Wordsworth Trust: Research & Cataloguing Volunteer

Do you have an eye for detail and a keen interest in natural history? Are you passionate about art history and early printmaking techniques?

If yes, we want to hear from you!

What's involved?

The Wordsworth Trust is looking for meticulous, enthusiastic volunteers to work on an exciting museum cataloguing and research project focused on the author and natural history engraver, Thomas Bewick (1753-1828). This remarkable collection of prints, printing apparatus, manuscripts, scrapbooks and memorabilia comprised the private collection of Iain Bain, one of the foremost Bewick scholars of the day, and was bequeathed to the Trust upon his death earlier in the year. To find out more about the collection, watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGO2f6nrYxs

Thomas Bewick was born in the North East and has been informally dubbed ‘the Attenborough of his day’. Remembered for his ‘General History of Quadrupeds’ (1790) and ‘A History of British Birds’ (1797), his publications laid the groundwork for modern nature guidebooks, and his woodblock-printing technique was regarded as a technical innovation in printmaking procedures.

Why get involved?

This is a great opportunity to work closely with a unique collection, develop new skills and work closely with the curatorial team here at the Wordsworth Trust.

How to get involved?

If you’re interested in this project and would like to get involved, simply click 'Accept Challenge' below to register your interest.

No experience necessary.

Ideal Skills

  • Archiving
  • Conservation
  • Research
  • Working independently

Ideal Interests

  • Archiving
  • Conservation
  • Curatorial/Working with Museum Collection

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