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Collections Care Volunteers x 2

Collections Care Volunteers will be trained in cleaning and handling negatives, scanning and repacking them.


RAGM holds a collection from Reddings, a local photographer’s studio, containing around 25,000 glass plate and cellulose acetate negatives dating from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s. RAGM also has a collection of negatives from British Thomson Houston Publicity department dating from the mid twentieth century.

The volunteers will support the RAGM Collections team with cleaning, repacking and digitising these collections.


Volunteers will ideally be able to commit to one half day a week between October 2022 – March 2023.


Ongoing support will be provided by the Project Manager and RAGM Senior Collections Officer. The work will take place on site at RAGM. Volunteers will be reimbursed for travel expenses.

No previous experience of museums, heritage or archiving is necessary as full training will be given, but the following would be useful:

  • Interest in what goes on behind the scenes in museums
  • Commitment to completion of training and role
  • Be a team player
  • Initiative and ability to work alone

Ability to travel to Rugby regularly 

What's involved?

  • Attending training on 28th September 2022
  • Ideally a commitment to one session per week between October 2022 – March 2023
  • Work as part of a group and independently clean and scan negatives.

Why get involved?


  • Training and new skills in collections care
  • Experience of working in a museum
  • Meeting new people
  • Knowledge of the history of Rugby

Ideal Skills

  • Archiving
  • Conservation

Ideal Interests

  • Conservation
  • Curatorial/Working with Museum Collection

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