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Volunteering Opportunities at the Royal College of Music Museum

The Royal College of Music is one of Britain’s leading conservatoires. It provides specialised musical education and professional training at the highest international level for performers and composers.  The Museum houses objects from all areas of the RCM Special Collections, including musical instruments, manuscripts, oil paintings and photographs and is closely linked with historical performance at the RCM. The Royal College of Music Museum was recently awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to re-develop its collections and activities.

In order for this to happen, the museum closed on 11 December 2015 and will re-open in 2019. During this time, the collections will be moved to an offsite storage space and will no longer be accessible to the public in the way they are now.

Over the course of the next few years, the museum will be carrying out extensive conservation on over 500 of our instruments, digitising a lot of our collection and making it available online. We will also be doing a number of outreach activities with schools and community groups, as well as curating temporary and pop-up exhibitions. You can find out more about the Royal College of Music Museum on our website.

We are currently seeking individuals interested in the following volunteer roles:

Digitisation Volunteers

Closing date: 12pm Thursday 21 February 2019

Interview date: w/c 25 February 2019

Hours of volunteering: The exact days and hours will be decided in consultation with the Museum Administrator, but will generally be one day per week in March through June 2019.

The Museum is looking for three individuals with a demonstrated interest in digital documentation in museums and galleries to join the team. You will be expected to work with collections material first-hand, assist with data entry, scan paper-based materials such as photographs, and review and edit digitised works. Strong organisational skills and an understanding of databases would be helpful for this role, as well as any previous experience working in a similar role, working with archives or editing images.

Tasks will include:

  • Scanning collection items, and reviewing/editing digitised materials
  • Adding basic information about artworks into the Museum’s collection management system
  • Assisting with the creation of a new virtual exhibition, based on the materials gathered through the cataloguing and digitisation work.

An interest in museums and galleries as well as experience of Windows-based applications, including Word and Excel is essential.

For further details of this volunteering opportunity, please see the Role Description below:

Digitisation Volunteer - Role Description Jan 2019 (89 kb)

To apply:

Applications for these roles should be in the form of a CV and covering letter or a completed application form, available to download below:

RCM Museum - Volunteer Application Form Jan 2019 (397 kb)

Applications should be sent via email or post for the attention of Richard Martin, Digital and Documentation Officer:


Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London, SW7 2BS

If you need to receive this documentation in a different format due to a disability, please contact Richard Martin to discuss your requirements.

All applicants must be permitted to work in the UK and hold a relevant work permit where necessary.



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