Posted by: kbenoy | March 7, 2012

Student Volunteer Day Out

Last Wednesday we had Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage first Student Volunteer Day Out to mark Student Volunteering Week. The main aims of this day were for Student Volunteers from each of the four Arts and Heritage sites:

to meet and get to know each other and find out a bit about volunteering opportunities across the sites. We are trying to encourage more cross site opportunities and this event allowed the Student Volunteers to visit each site and find out a bit more about each one.

The group of students arrived at the Archives at 10am with Stuart Williams, the Volunteer Co-ordinator. We started with a tour of the Archives that included:

  • How to get a CARN card and join the Archives
  • The Rococo Room and the history of the Molineux Hotel Building
  • The Conservation Studio and the work of Jon the Conservator
  • Details of the Taking Account of Our Past project
  • Behind the scenes in the Strong Rooms and the electric shelving
  • The Search Room and the resources available for research
  • The Black Country History website

Next we went over to the Art Gallery to see what they do and have a look around. We had a walk around the current exhibitions including:

After the Art Gallery we headed over to Bantock House Museum for some lunch, tea and cakes before having a look round the house and a talk by Stuart Williams about the house and the work of volunteers. The tour of the House included:

After Bantock we were off to Bilston Craft Gallery for our final visit of the day. We took the bus to Bilston and the group was met by Stephanie Merrett, the Creative Apprentice. She took us for a tour of the Craft Gallery including:

The Student Volunteers found out about how the Exhibitions are changed over and the different types of artists who exhibit in the space.

When we had finished at the Craft Gallery, the Student Volunteers were presented with certificates for their hard work.

The day seemed to go smoothly and the Students enjoyed their experience. We hope this will be first of many more events for Volunteers run across Arts and Heritage to promote the social side of volunteering and show our appreciation for the work and dedication of the volunteers.

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