Call for archive project volunteers- “Making Music in Manchester during WW1”

Project title: Revealing and Reinterpreting “Making Music in Manchester during WW1”

Heritage Lottery Fund have kindly awarded 100% of the funds for this experimental archive project.

Project lead: Heather Roberts, Royal Northern College of Music archivist.

Project duration: August-November 2017

Project scope: To digitise WW1 items from the archives of the Hallé Concerts Society archives, the Royal Northern College of Music archives and the Henry Watson Music Library. To showcase digitised images on Manchester Digital Music Archive, History Pin, a project blog and other social media. To design and deliver 3 exhibitions: 1 physical exhibition at the Royal Manchester College of Music, 1 portable exhibition on pop-up banners, 2 digital exhibitions (1 at Archives+ and 1 on Manchester Digital Music Archive). To deliver community workshops within inner city Manchester to encourage creative interpretation of the archives and their narratives.

Volunteer role: 4 volunteers will be recruited for the project. Roles will focus on digitisation (at Archives+ and the Royal Northern College of Music) digital upload onto online platforms, archival research where required, assisting in the design and delivery of physical and digital exhibitions. Attendance at workshops is also welcome.

Volunteer commitment: volunteers must contribute 1 session of 4 hours per week for the duration of the project. Volunteers must be enthusiastic, willing to work on their own and as part of a small project team, have an eye for detail and be able to work carefully with unique archive material.

Volunteers will receive: up to £10 per day for travel and food expenses with valid receipts on days they contribute to the project. Tours of the 3 partner archives involved in the project. An opportunity to visit the Imperial War Museum North’s exhibition on WW1 artist Derek Wyndham. Training in archive handling, digitisation and relevant online platforms.

This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in working with archives or heritage. Please get in touch with Heather Roberts, RNCM archivist, for information


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