On-site volunteering

Volunteers are an important part of our team and we have a range of projects, tasks and roles for people to get involved in at Kresen Kernow. These include:

  • cleaning and packaging documents, books and photographs
  • sewing packaging materials (for example, calico bags for seals and maps)
  • making bespoke boxes and book rests to help care for documents
  • transcribing written documents (copying the exact content of a piece of text)
  • cataloguing documents, photographs, pamphlets, maps and volumes (a mix of sorting, listing, describing and summarising them)
  • indexing collections (for example, making a reference list of journal articles or tagging archive catalogue entries with subjects, places or names)
  • digitising items (using a scanner or digital camera)
  • adding or updating data in the Historic Environment Record database
  • preparing learning resources or helping to create craft activities
  • assisting at events and activities (for example with school visits)
  • carrying out research (for exhibitions, projects or biographies)
  • research buddies assisting with simple family history enquiries
  • contributing to various forums (volunteers, users, access)
  • garden care (regular watering, weeding, pruning of the small garden planters)

Our on-site volunteers often come in at regular times and share our workrooms and tea room. We provide training for each task and offer other development opportunities as well. Read more about why people volunteer with us, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, or email kresenkernow@cornwall.gov.uk if you have any questions or are interested in applying for a volunteer placement.