Volunteers at Manchester Museum, which is part of a three-year project on volunteering for wellbeing

MP seminar on volunteers in the age of austerity

Rebecca Atkinson, 26.03.2013
Royal College of Surgeons, 24 May
Museums and volunteers have a long and healthy relationship, but budget cuts and stretched resources mean many organisations are now looking at how they can widen their volunteer base and maximise the potential of this workforce.

Bookings are now open for People Power: Volunteers in the age of austerity, a one-day Museum Practice seminar that will look at the opportunities that volunteers offer museums and other cultural organisations in the current climate.

Confirmed speakers:

Bridget McKenzie, director of Flow Associates, will offer a scene setting and ask to what extent volunteers can “save” museums.

Tom Boden, head of museums at Bath Preservation Trust, will discuss how it managed existing volunteers through a recent redevelopment.

Tamsin Rose, volunteer coordinator at the V&A Museum of Childhood, will share her experiences of setting up a sustainable volunteering programme from scratch.

Lucy Andrews, the volunteer coordinator at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, explains how museums can work with a wider range of volunteers by taking a flexible approach to developing roles and focusing on what volunteers want from the experience.

Heather Lomas, a heritage and museum consultant, will look at some of the different ways organisations can start thinking more creatively about how they recruit and develop volunteers.

Felicity Dwyer, from Stepping Up Training, will explore ways in which an understanding of leadership styles can help in practice when working with a broad range of volunteers.

People Power: Volunteers in the age of austerity takes place on 24 May at the Royal College of Surgeons in London between 10am and 4.30pm.

Click here for more information and to book