Black History: Learning Resource

A volunteering opportunity at the University of Leicester library which involves exploring our archives for material related to local black history in Leicester, and then compiling it into an online learning resources using Omeka.

This is a fascinating opportunity to work with the University Special Collections to create an online resourStudents Protesting Outside Brickmakers Arms Resizedce aimed at educating users about local black history. Volunteers would conduct research in the University archives and compile their findings into a web platform that they will also build. The key activities for this role are:

  • Locating interesting and relevant material from the University archives
  • Researching and compiling the material in an engaging and educational way
  • Curating an exhibition in the University Library based on the material covered
  • Building the online resource using Omeka

 

What will I be doing?

Volunteers will be asked to volunteer for a total of 25 hours of the course of the academic year. The breakdown is as follows:

  • Induction and training
  • Gathering historical material from our archives
  • Researching and providing background information on said material
  • Constructing the web resource as part of a team
  • Assembling and curating a physical exhibition
  • Evaluating and presenting your findingsA volunteering opportunity at the University of Leicester library which involves exploring our archives for material related to local black history in Leicester, and then compiling it into an online learning resources using Omeka.

 

The volunteering opportunity is a fantastic way to develop vital skills which are relevant to careers in museums, art galleries, marketing, web design and historical research. Volunteers will be able to show future employers something they have created themselves, and will receive quality training and support throughout.

It is equally beneficial for those wishing to continue their studies further and wish to develop their research and archival skills. For those currently studying for their undergraduate degrees, this is an opportunity which will undoubtedly benefit your ability to conduct academic research.

The first induction session will take place on Thursday 26 October at 4pm, in the Special Collections Reading Room, located in the basement of the David Wilson Library.

To get involved just send us an email.

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