What does Digbeth mean to you?
Digbeth Speaks is an oral history project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and led by young members of the Friends of Birmingham Archives and Heritage. The project has created an audio and visual time capsule of Digbeth and its communities during 2013 for an archive that will be housed in Birmingham Archives and Heritage at the New Library of Birmingham.
The Digbeth Speaks exhibition will be a celebration of the diverse stories that have been recorded over the course of the project. The exhibition will contain a selection of audios (oral history interviews and vox pops) that will be accessed at listening stations, alongside photographs and text panels interpreting what we have found. Interactive elements will allow visitors to make their own contribution to the time capsule.
We are delighted to offer this exciting opportunity for individuals to gain valuable experience working on our end of project exhibition. The main role of volunteers will be gallery invigilation; volunteers will be responsible for overseeing the exhibition during opening hours, welcoming visitors and providing information about the project. Additional duties may include: marketing, setting-up and assisting with the exhibition opening event, assisting with the installation and deinstallation of the exhibition. Some heavy lifting may be required.
The exhibition begins on 3rd October and finishes on 13th October. Opening hours are to be confirmed and there will be an opening event on 3rd October, 6pm - 8.30pm. Please indicate on the application form your availability for these dates; hours are flexible but we require individuals to commit to a minimum of 12 hours over the 10 days. A contribution towards expenses will be provided.
The successful candidates must:
- Be self-motivated with excellent organisational skills
- Have excellent interpersonal skills and confidence in communicating with members of the public
- Be a team player
- Have a flexible approach to the role
- It is also desirable that you would have a passion for working with the arts or heritage sector.
How do I apply?
Please email Curator Jenny Lance for an application form at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Monday 23rd September. Please mark VOLUNTEER in the subject line of the email.
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