It’s been an incredible summer with family activities every week as well as all our usual exhibitions, events and collections care and now it’s autumn things aren’t getting any quieter! 18 Bull Plain, our exhibition about the building the museum has been in for the last 100 years, opened on Saturday (thank you to everyone who came to celebrate our anniversary with us!) and the World of Wallace is coming on 26th October (so very soon!)
To keep all of our work on track we have a fantastic team of volunteers who help us with a whole range of tasks so today we wanted to update you on some of the things are volunteers are doing.
Volunteers help run all of our family activities.
We start, of course, with our amazing family volunteers who kept our activities running throughout the summer and who are now having a well deserved break before the excitement of October Half Term (it’s the Big Draw again and then a Spooky Spider activity for Halloween)
Volunteers being trained in how to clean Natural History specimens.
Some of our volunteers have been helping prepare for World of Wallace doing research, updating computer records, taking photographs, writing text and even helping to do some vital conservation cleaning on some of the objects that will be in the exhibition- make sure you’re subscribed to our YouTube channel for more about that tomorrow!)
One of the postcards our volunteers have been cataloguing- Port Vale, Hertford c. 1905
We have other collections volunteers working on their own special projects including cataloguing all of the documents and photographs that we have from the Addis factory and also we are finally nearing the end of documenting and carefully storing the 4000+ toothbrushes from Addis! We also have a volunteer checking through all of our postcards to make sure they’re scanned and have proper descriptions and other volunteers working on our archaeology and geology collections.
Volunteers working on our carnival float.
And then there are all of the other tasks our volunteers help with like weeding our beautiful knot garden, delivering leaflets and posters, making cupcakes (that was a one off for last Saturday), preparing materials for family activities, painting giant Asterix characters (for the carnival), serving afternoon teas and even helping keeping our computers running!
Without our volunteers we would never be able to provide the service we do so we wanted to take this chance to say THANK YOU to all of them and to everyone else who supports us as Friends, Patrons, Donors or by being visitors- we’re very grateful for all of you!