Volunteering with the archives and local studies service

Information on volunteering with the archives and local studies service.

Can I volunteer with the archives and local studies service?

Yes, we do take volunteers.  We encourage volunteering and believe there are benefits for both the volunteer and the service.

Please note: new project - 'Trawling Through Time: The Story of Cook, Welton & Gemmell, Shipbuilders'.

Thanks to a £30,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, we are seeking Cataloguing and Digitisation Volunteers to help preserve historic trawler plans from the archive of former Beverley shipbuilders Cook, Welton & Gemmell, and make these identifiable and accessible to users of East Riding Archives.

To find out more about these opportunities and register your interest, visit the 'Do-It' volunteering website:

Do-It: Cataloguing Volunteers (external website)

Do-It: Digitisation Volunteers (external website)

Alternatively, please email us at archives.service@eastriding.gov.uk

Find out more about the project on our blog:

Trawling Through Time project blog (external website)

What kinds of work do volunteers do?

We use volunteers to add value to what we do and carry out tasks that would not normally get done by our paid staff. These jobs are essential to help us improve public access to our collections.

The kinds of jobs offered might include, for example:

  • surface cleaning of documents and making up of folders or sleeves in our conservation workshop

  • creating an index to obituaries and notices of births, marriages and deaths in old newspapers

  • adding more detail to the catalogue of our audio-visual archives.

Do you offer anything?

We cannot offer any payment for this work, but by volunteering with us we can give you: 

  • a 25% discount in the Treasure House coffee lounge (with discount card)

  • reimbursement of travel expenses

  • training in the jobs we are asking you to do

  • new skills to add to your CV.

What skills do I need?

The main thing we ask for is your enthusiasm and interest for supporting local heritage.

If working in our conservation workshop, you will need the essential ability for manual tasks and be able to handle fragile archives with great care.

For other tasks, you will need to be able to use a computer.

What do I do to find out more?

If you are interested or want to find out more information then please get it touch by sending your name and contact information to the email below.

Email: archives.service@eastriding.gov.uk

At the moment our volunteer placements are full, but we still keep a register of interested volunteers who we can contact when a place is available.

Is there another way I can help the archives and local studies service?

Yes, we run an oral history project called 'Times of Old Re-told' to let people talk about their experiences in the past.

We invite anyone who has a connection with the East Yorkshire area to be interviewed by our oral history expert, to share the memories and experiences they feel are important to their lives in the East Riding.

We want to create a permanent record for posterity and are especially interested in the following themes:

  • Village life
  • World War II
  • Industry and agriculture
  • Shopping
  • Sport and leisure
  • Transport
  • House and home.

For more details or to volunteer for the project:

Tel: (01482) 392790

Email: archives.service@eastriding.gov.uk