Volunteer to preserve your local history

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“Volunteering is fun, rewarding and enriches lives, come and give it a go!” says Katie Weston, volunteer coordinator at Epping Forest District Museum.

Epping Forest District Museum Volunteers

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“Our museum collection volunteers come from all over the district and meet twice a week to catalogue and document new objects. In 2016 volunteers will be based at the newly refurbished Epping Forest District Museum in Waltham Abbey.

We’re always looking for new volunteers

“Volunteers are a mix of ages and interests. Some are here simply because they love history, others to learn new skills. One of our volunteers is using the sessions to gain experience to get future work in a museum” said Katie.

“We’re currently looking for new Visitor Assistant Volunteers. These volunteers will help engage visitors and interpret our collections, it’s a really exciting role and we’re thrilled to be expanding our volunteer team. I can offer them a fun, friendly and interesting environment to work in. If you’re interested in volunteering call me on 01992 716882 or email me at kweston@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.”

I find the work fascinating

Husband and wife volunteers Andrew and Sarah recently moved to the district and joined the group.

Andrew said: “Today we’re cataloguing medals from a man who served in North Africa and Italy in the Second World War. The medals were donated by his family after his death along with other personal items.”

“I’m particularly interested in these items as my father served in the same area at roughly the same time. We know the man lived in Ongar, and went to Theydon Bois Council mixed school where he was known as ‘the boy from the country’. I find the work fascinating – it’s like piecing together a jigsaw of someone’s life.”

I love old objects

Elisabetta recently moved from Italy where she was a student in anthropology. She said: “The artefacts in the UK are completely different from those in Italy. I volunteered because I love old objects. The best object I’ve seen here so far is an instruction manual for the first ever fire extinguisher dating back to the early 1900s. It includes a page which describes how a prototype was demonstrated in front of the pope.”

It’s really good fun

Retired teacher Carolyn was cataloguing photos and a programme from 1963 for the play ‘Murder in the Cathedral’ performed by the Loughton based Becket Theatre Drama Company. She said: “I really love history. You get to see some wonderful objects and it’s really good fun!”

Want to volunteer?

Contact Katie Weston, volunteer coordinator at Epping Forest District Museum