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Dialect and Heritage Project – Events Assistant, Avoncroft Museum

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Are you interested in helping with public engagement and activities relating to dialect and social history?

Avoncroft Museum is one of five partner museums working with the University of Leeds on the Dialect and Heritage Project to explore and record the richness of dialect around England and how it may have changed over the last 70 years.

What the role will entail: Assisting the Dialect and Heritage Project Engagement Officer in running ‘Dialect Roadshow’ events, at Avoncroft Museum and/or local fairs and shows around the West Midlands region. Volunteers will help the Engagement Officer with setting up a gazebo and various activities relating to dialect in the region and they will help to engage visitors through informal conversation and activities relating to dialect and the words we use. Several of these events may take place at weekends.

Who will this role suit? The Events Assistant volunteering role would suit volunteers who:

  • Are confident, friendly and have good verbal communication skills in English
  • Enjoy meeting and talking to new people of all backgrounds
  • Are reliable and can commit to supporting the Engagement Officer with at least 2 events this summer/autumn
  • Are willing to develop new skills and commit to training for the role
  • (desirable) Have a full driving licence and access to own transport preferred but not essential

Skills, training and support:

Role-specific training may include: an introduction to dialect, locally and nationally; how to engage people with dialect and heritage; how to use engagement materials and activities to encourage people to contribute their dialect at events; how to contribute dialect to the research online; health and safety.

Volunteers will be able to claim travel and subsistence expenses.

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