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Collections Volunteer Opportunity at the Mary Rose

Are you interested in a behind-the-scenes role at the Mary Rose?

Would you like to gain experience volunteering in the heritage sector or museum collections?

Would you enjoy doing something different this year?

If so, then this role could be for you!

Collection Volunteers


Since the re-discovery of the Mary Rose in 1971, the Mary Rose Trust has developed a substantial archive of photographs, documents, publications and illustrations about the archaeological excavations and the artefacts that were recovered.  We want to make this information more accessible and usable and, thanks to support from the Arts Council England Designated Development Fund, we are embarking on the first stage of a project that will digitise the Mary Rose archive.


Archive Slides

Early in 2017 we recruited a team of 15 Collections Volunteers and the progress made has been fantastic, but with a project of this size, we now need to recruit some additional team members to help us work towards this ambitious target.  Those that have helped on the project so far have had this to say:


“A Collections Volunteer is a great opportunity to learn new skills if interested in archive and digitisation career.”

“You will gain experience working in a team and handling original archive material”

“A way to practice your archiving skills in order to gain the industry experience you need when applying for future jobs.”

“A great opportunity for a behind the scenes peek at the wonderful history of the archaeology of the Mary Rose.”


Collections VolunteeringThe focus of the project at the moment is on the photographic material, but will eventually incorporate other areas of the archive. No previous cataloguing experience is required and training will be provided to help you within this role.


If you are over the age of 18 and available from 10am-4pm for at least one day Monday- Wednesday each week (excluding bank holidays) we would like to hear from you.


The full role description can be found here and an application to express interest can be found here.


If you are interested, please complete the Collections Volunteer application form and return it via e-mail to collections@maryrose.org.


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