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Volunteering Opportunity: Do Some Time at the Old Police Cells Museum

Brighton & Hove’s very own police museum is looking for volunteers to help explore the area’s history of keeping the peace. 

There are four roles you can help in:

Collection Conservators, 10am – 2pm Mondays and/or Saturdays:  In this hands-on, behind-the-scenes role, you’re responsible for the safekeeping of the museum’s collection, and will get to know it inside-out.  To perform your duties, you’ll be given training in object handling, preventative conservation and collections care.  Weekly jobs might include helping to measuring and describing uniforms, badges and photographs, maintaining their safekeeping and their environment.  This is a fascinating role for anyone who enjoys museums, history and a bit of good company.  

Community Curators, 10am – 2pm Mondays and/or Saturdays:  This opportunity involves paying attention to the displays and their maintenance.  The museum will be developing new displays that you can help with researching and planning.  As it expands its facilities, you’ll also help with developing systems for storing, tracing and accessing objects from the collection to put in monthly ‘object of the month’ displays.  A great role for someone who enjoys researching, has good organisational skills and is also committed to excellent standards in record keeping and housekeeping.

Tour Guides, usually a 2hr commitment that is agreed on a monthly rota:  In this role, you’ll be joining our dynamic crew of tour guides.  It’s a terrific opportunity for anyone who is passionate about sharing the history of policing in Brighton & Hove.  You’ll be responsible for welcoming museum visitors, showing them round the museum’s historic premises and talking them through the collections on display. No previous experience is required, you will be given training and will feel confident to deliver an engaging tour with the facts at your fingertips.

Event Planners, 10am – 2pm Mondays and/or Saturdays: From Wine & Crime evenings to weddings that lend weight to a commitment for ‘life’, the Old Police Cells Museum is flinging open the cell doors to the local community.  If you enjoy organising a good get-together, then this is the role for you.  Help us plan for the next 12 months of evening events, festivals and functions.

You don’t need experience, as all training will be provided, and there’s a job to suit everyone whether you like to work away behind the scenes or enjoy talking with all kinds of people.

All volunteers will have the chance to enjoy spending time with other volunteers over a cup of tea and homemade cake.  Travel expenses can be covered.

For students and volunteers specifically looking to gain work experience that will help them enter the museum and heritage sector, we are happy to  ensure relevant learning and to provide a reference.

So if you’d like to do time behind the scene-of-the-crime at Brighton & Hove’s own police museum, email the museum’s curator E-J Scott at ej.scott@sussex.pnn.police.uk outlining the role you’re interested in and the ways you think you may be able to help.