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 usually 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
  • helping to create craft activities for family learning days
  • assisting at events and activities
  • carrying out research (for exhibitions, projects or biographies)
  • contributing to various forums (volunteers, users, access)
  • garden care (regular watering, weeding, pruning of the small garden planters)

Our on-site volunteers generally come in at regular times and share our work spaces with us. 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. We are not accepting new placements for on-site volunteers at the moment, as we have a long waiting list, but we do have spaces for garden volunteers, Monument Watch (see off-site volunteering below) or online volunteering via our new volunteering portal.