We have an active volunteer programme where participants can engage in all aspects of museum and heritage work. Anything from collection care, cataloguing, photographing, researching our collections, tour guiding or helping with children’s workshops.
We have different types of volunteers such as those which come in on an individual basis, students and those affiliated to the Oakham branch of The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts. We advertise our available Volunteer roles on our Volunteer Opportunities page, for those interested in joining our team.
Our early collections of early Rutland Maps have been identified, scanned, catalogued and re-packaged. These maps include 1611 John Speed, 1836 Thomas Moule and 1724 Herman Moll – to name a few. Many of these can now be viewed in our Online Catalogue and can be found by viewing the Maps (which may be found under the Archive section).
Matkins Ephemera Collection
We have a large collection of printed material dating from the late 19th Century from Matkins Printers, Oakham. Our volunteers have re-packaged, re-numbered and produced a catalogue of all items. These items can now be seen on our Online Catalogue and can be found by viewing the Printed ephemera (which may be found under the Archive section).
The Museum has a largely unseen textile collection and our volunteers are identifying, cataloguing, photographing and re-packaging. This is an ongoing project and information about the collection will be added to the searchable Online Catalogue as items are updated and can be found by viewing the Costume & Textiles.
Roman Rutland Exhibition
An exhibition of Roman objects found around Rutland was developed, researched and displayed during the summer of 2013. This exhibition was particularly popular with local school groups studying the Roman period.
Cataloguing and identification of archaeological material
Many of the archaeology objects have been catalogued by our volunteers. Photographs have been added to the catalogue where possible and the objects re-packaged. A collection of Roman finds from Thistleton have been sorted and catalogued as part of this project.
We would love to hear from anyone with archaeological experience (amateur or professional) who would like to volunteer at the Museum. We would like to be able to continue this project and get more of the archaeology collection online. This project does require IT skills but training on our MODES Complete database would be given. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Oakham Castle Horseshoes
Whilst work has been taking place at Oakham Castle the opportunity has been taken to catalogue and record the famous collection of presentation Horseshoes. Our volunteers and staff have been carefully cleaning, conserving and photographing all of the horseshoes.
All large agricultural equipment is currently being cleaned and consolidated using the advice of a conservator. This is ensuring that the collections remain in good condition and available for future generations.
Volunteers have helped to update and develop many of the displays you see in the museum. Everything from research, interpretation and display.
We would like to say thank you to all our volunteers who have worked so hard for us over the years
If you would like further information about NADFAS and the work that they do, please do take a look at their excellent website at www.nadfas.org.uk