The museum has run a number of volunteer programmes during the past 8 years since its archive (LAARC) opened to the public in 2002. The current scheme, VIP (Volunteer Inclusion Programme), which has been funded by Renaissance London, has been running since 2008. However, the aim of all the programmes has been to help improve accessibility to the archives by employing the help of volunteers who update storage, such as repackaging, and documentation. The added values and benefits of this approach have been those of teaching new skills, engaging the public, and introducing conservation to a new generation, as well as simply completing the work much faster.
From October to December 2010 (OK, October has passed and this post is a bit behind!) the volunteer programme will be on display in the Museum galleries. VIP graduates will be there to interact with the public to explain the work involved in repackaging and documentation of collections.
As CSI: Sittingbourne is not open at the moment then you might like to pay a visit and have a look at this event instead, as well as the new galleries that opened a few months ago. The archaeological collections officers are supervising hour long sessions at the Clore Learning Centre in addition to the gallery demonstrations. Activities take place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays until 10th December.
For more information about this event or any of the other volunteer programmes have a look at the links below.
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