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Volunteer First Anniversary Celebrations at Tyne & Wear Archives Service

Val, Audrey and Margaret show off their new volunteer sweatshirtsVolunteers at Tyne & Wear Archives Service have been celebrating the first anniversary of its volunteer programme.  A buffet lunch was arranged in the education room of the archives in order for volunteers to meet, chat and be merry and a ‘good time was had by all.’ Liz Rees, Chief Archivist and Outreach Development staff took the opportunity to thank all the volunteers for their hard work.

Set up in January 2005, the volunteer programme has attracted volunteers from all over Tyne & Wear. A successful grant bid to NEMLAC secured amongst other things, new IT equipment for volunteers’ use. Volunteers have been involved in a variety of projects including indexing, transcribing, identifying old photographs and creating digital imagery. Some of the volunteers have proved their presentation skills by giving workshops on their own specialised subjects and nearly all the workshops have been fully booked and much appreciated by attendees. Other volunteers have practised their mentoring skills with new searchers and people with disabilities with good results.

It has been an excellent year for the archives volunteers with an impressive list of completed and ongoing projects to their credit. Volunteers are eager to continue through 2006 and have proved themselves to be an asset to the archives service. 

For more information on volunteering with the archives service please contact Carolyn Durkin, e-mail carolyndurkin@gateshead.gov.uk.

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