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Volunteer with The Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service

November 4, 2008

The Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service has many volunteers who augment the work of the professional staff. They are involved in documenting and cataloguing collections, cleaning, conservation, exhibition work, photography, stewarding, photocopying.

If you have a regular amount of time and suitable skills we may be able to offer you a volunteer placement in one of our museums. We suggest you contact the curator of the museum where you would like to offer your services. See the museum home pages for contact details.

Volunteer for I&RS / Coins
The Identification and Recording Service, based at Gressenhall, looks at over 20,000 objects a year from Palaeolithic flint hand axes to Roman brooches and post-medieval book clasps. These artefacts may be described, drawn and photographed and added to the Norfolk Historic Environment Record and the Portable Antiquities Scheme online database ( We need someone who can help keep these records accessible by filing images and turning hand written records into digital ones.

If you can commit to between a couple of hours and one day a week (Monday to Friday) for at least a year and are happy to use a computer then we’d like to hear from you. This would particularly suit someone with an interest in archaeology and / or numismatics (coins). There is potential for two volunteers, one based at Gressenhall and one at Shirehall, Norwich. Some initial training will take place in Norwich.

If you would like to volunteer in this role but are unable to commit to regular hours or for a long period, please still contact us as there may still be an opportunity for you.

Please contact Erica Darch, Norfolk Finds Liaison Officer, for more information email Telephone 01362 869289.

Job description
To copy hand written coin records into an excel table so they can be added to a database. Filing photographs and illustrations, and checking / adding to the information on them (usually converting National Grid References to Historic Environment Record numbers and vice versa). Other tasks which may help the I&RS function smoothly, to be agreed with the volunteer as and when they occur e.g. photocopying.

Person Specification
Attention to detail and accuracy.
Able to use a computer for several hours at a time (with appropriate breaks).
Willing to take the NCC ‘Introduction to Computers’ course.
Because of the cost of training and the constant flow of data we need someone who can commit to regular hours for at least a year.

Although it will not be part of your role it is likely that you will occasionally meet members of the public and handle artefacts. It is therefore essential that you are courteous and careful.
Experience of spreadsheets, especially Excel.
Interest in Archaeology and / or Numismatics (coins).


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