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Battle of Britain Bunker - Heritage Collections Volunteer



Details of the Charity:

The Battle of Britain Bunker Exhibition and Visitor Centre is a 2,000 square metre complex on two levels. Its design embraces the central themes of flight and aeroplanes. Our exhibition hall features state-of-the-art museum displays and we also have a 95 seat auditorium; large and small meeting rooms with views of the exhibition; a café and gift shop; reception area and toilets.

The Battle of Britain Bunker is an underground operations room at RAF Uxbridge, formerly used by No. 11 Group Fighter Command during the Second World War. Fighter aircraft operations were controlled from there throughout the War but most notably during the Battle of Britain and on D-Day.

Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:

The Battle of Britain Bunker Exhibition and Visitor Centre opened in Spring 2018, however, the underground Bunker has continued to exist from its vital role during the Second World War to the present day. The collection at the Bunker is vast and requires substantial inventory listing, cataloguing and conservation.

This project hopes to build a small team of volunteers, alongside the Hillingdon Heritage team' s archivists and curators, to relocate and catalogue the extensive archival and museum collection at the Bunker. Volunteers will assist in these tasks: inventory listing, object handling and cleaning, preservation tasks, repackaging, photographing and cataloguing the collection.

This project will be based at the Battle of Britain Bunker at least one half day or one full day a week for the duration of three months with the possibility of extension. Through this role you will gain experience of working with professional archivists and museum curators, gain practical skills of working with a fascinating collection, and assist in exhibitions and social media work.

Skills Required:

  • This work requires a good degree of patience and an eye for detail with a passion for preserving the Bunker's hostorical legacy.
  • An understanding of 20th Century military history would also be an advantage.

 

Additional Benefits:

  • Tea and coffee will be supplied and the opportunity to join the social events of the wider Borough volunteers, such as quiz nights and museum events.
  • Hours recorded on your HEAR – which goes on your permanent university record.
  • All hours contribute to your Brunel Volunteers Award, which leads to an invitation to the Brunel Volunteers Awards Ceremony at the end of the year.

Please send CV's with a short covering statement to archives@hillngdon.gov.uk

Hillingdon Concil is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion and we welcome applications from all backgrounds.

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