Opportunities in History with the School of Humanities and Performing Arts
These are some of the local history and heritage sites that may offer work opportunities. For some there is a dedicated contact at the site, however, if you prefer, you can email Sandra Barkhof in the first instance, and she will get in touch with the site for you.

Killerton House, Tiverton

Killerton House was built in 1779 and is a fine example of its period and contains a major collection of period clothing and fashion objects dating from 1690 to the 1940s.  Volunteers are vital in bringing this beautiful house to life and inspiring and helping our visitors to learn more about Killerton and the Acland family. As a volunteer you will be part of a friendly and dedicated team, meet people from all walks of life, improve your communication skills and confidence and enjoy new experiences and learn something new every day.
Contact: Sandra Barkhof

Plymouth City Museum, Plymouth

For details see http://www.plymouth.gov.uk/museumvolunteers  

Liskeard Museum, Liskeard

Volunteer work, both short term and long term projects.
Email Sandra Barkhof for an application form or contact Anna Monks at museum@liskeard.gov.uk to learn more.

Saltram House, Plympton/Plymouth

Volunteering - room guides and collections volunteers. 
Contact: Sandra Barkhof.

Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth

Visitor Centre volunteers.
Contact: johnandjane0@btinternet.com

Fashion and Textiles Museum, Totnes

Placements for students during the summer exhibition period. This is: mid-May to end of September, Tuesday - Friday, 11.00am - 5.00pm
Contact: Sandra Barkhof.

Porthcurno Telegraph Museum, Porthcurno, Cornwall

Volunteering/work experience
Contact: Janet Standring, Volunteer Coordinator Janet.Standring@porthcurno.org.uk

Devon Heritage Centre Sowton, Exeter

Volunteering/work experience, also summer volunteering
Contact: Sandra Barkhof.

National Maritime Museum, Falmouth, Cornwall

See http://www.nmmc.co.uk/index.php?/aboutus/content/volunteering for opportunities. Placements can also be arranged.
Contact: Linda Frost, lindafrost@nmmc.co.uk.

Cornwall Record Office, Truro

Work experience placements and longer volunteer placements (usually for a regular day or half day every week).
Contact: Tamsin Mallett, tmallett@cornwall.gov.uk

Britannia Royal Naval College Museum, Dartmouth

Contact: Sandra Barkhof.

Kingsbridge Cookworthy Museum, Kingsbridge

Regular voluntary experience, half day or a whole day per week (or two weeks). The opportunities would be in our local history resource centre, updating our records as well as dealing with enquiries and finding out more about working in a museum or archive environment. There is also the option of a placement to be involved with creating an exhibition. This would be particularly suitable for students wishing to gain experience of working within the heritage sector and those with an interest in local history. Contact: Holly Trubshawe, wcookworthy@kingsbridgemuseum.org.uk.

Penlee House Gallery and Museum, Penzance

Volunteering, helping with projects
Contact: Katherine Ashton, kashton@penleehouse.org.uk

National Marine Biological Library, Plymouth

Several ways students may be able to help - occasional work (two hours a week for two to four weeks) or worked out on a case-by-case basis. Key activities include transcription, to make documents accessible online (http://www.mba.ac.uk/nmbl/projects/history/125laboratory/resources/letters) and working with the correspondence of individuals (detailed here: http://www.mba.ac.uk/NMBL/archives/archives_personal/personal_papers.htm) to build-up our documents.
Contact: Anne-Flore Laloe, annlal@mba.ac.uk / +44 1752 633282.

Museum of British Surfing, Braunton, North Devon

See http://www.museumofbritishsurfing.org.uk/about/working-with-us/ - there might also be opportunities to help documenting the collection. 

Buckland Abbey, Garden & Estate, Yelverton

Buckland Abbey is a National Trust Property at Yelverton, near Tavistock, Devon. Buckland Abbey is the former home of Sir Francis Drake. New visitor facilities and display areas; woodland and estate walks. Opportunities: room stewarding, tour guiding, small interpretation projects, Rembrandt project assistants, events and engagement. See:
Contact: Pat Lovell, +44 1822 856000, pat.lovell@nationaltrust.org.uk.

Cotehele, Saltash

We offer volunteering opportunities at Cotehele. These would mainly include room guiding and perhaps helping with certain events in the House.
Contact: Charmain Saunders, Visitor Services & Volunteer Manager, Cotehele, St. Dominick, Saltash, Cornwall PL12 6TA
Direct line: +44 1579 352736

Drake's Place Project, Plymouth

We at Plymouth University want to restore Drake’s Place Gardens and Reservoir, North Hill, as a welcoming community space and educational resource. The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded us funding of £600,000 towards the £1.4 million we shall be spending on restoring the gardens and reservoir. An important part of the project is providing educational activities for the community. From October 2013 we shall be inviting local schools to visit Drake’s Place to explore the history of Drake’s Leat, the grist mills, the 19th-century reservoirs and the biscuit makers Peak Frean.

  • What are we asking for? We need a small group of students to work individually, or in pairs, to bring out the best of the history of Drake’s Place in a way that young people will enjoy and learn. You will be facilitating visits to the reservoir and gardens by small groups of young people. This will be excellent experience for anyone planning a career in teaching or communications, and a strong indication on your CV that you can interpret the past to non-experts.
  • What are we looking for? You need to be: enthusiastic about the past; good at communicating with young people at primary or secondary level; available to deliver occasionally during term-time; available for training for one half-day in early October and willing to spend some time developing your own ideas and approaches to heritage education at Drake’s Place – preparing your own trail and activities. Contact: Win Scutt.