Due to the current situation volunteering has been suspended. We are looking at ways of restarting volunteering across our service. You are welcome to apply but please be aware there will be a delay before new volunteers can begin any roles.

Overview

If you are interested in the photographic record of a city changing over 70 years this might be the perfect volunteering opportunity for you. The archive team are creating a digital archive that is being used in exhibitions, online and across the city on heritage panels.

Volunteers handle and sort negatives before scanning them into the archive. They document and catalogue the photographs, helping to identify locations and date images, create databases and then help with queries and projects around the archive.

As a volunteer you would be trained to handle the photographic negative collection, use the scanners and software and would be able to play an active role in helping shape the archive and its use in exhibitions and projects going forward. The archive currently contains over 100,000 images with thousands more to be discovered.

The role is very flexible and takes place at the Town Hall in the centre of Leicester and there are both morning and afternoon sessions Monday to Friday.

Main duties

Scanning negatives, cataloguing, handling photographic negatives and creating databases.

Skills needed

You will need basic IT skills, a systematic approach, interest in local history and heritage, ability to handle negatives and prints.

Additional information

You need to be 16 or over to volunteer in this role.