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Volunteers? Week 2006 at Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura

Volunteers’ Week is all about celebrating volunteers and their activities. Local MSP Elaine Murray came along to present museum volunteers with certificates acknowledging the contribution they make to their local community and to find out more about volunteering in museums from the people who do it.  

She was amazed at how many people give their time to help at the local museum and in the range of ways that they get involved. Volunteers help with the museum’s learning and access programme, welcoming visitors and lending a hand during family activities in the museums galleries and at community events. The lively knitting group that meets at the museum every Tuesday plays a vital part in keeping the craft alive and passing it on to new knitters. Not only do they teach knitting to all ages but they have been knitting busily for a range of good causes, from teddies for displaced children in Malawi to tiny clothes for premature babies in the local Special Baby Care Unit.

Just as important to the life of the museum is the behind the scenes help from collections management volunteers who spend their time meticulously documenting the collections. They are able to research archives, photographs and archaeological material in depth and add greatly to the information which can be made available through the museums collections database.   

Museums Curator for Nithsdale, Elaine Kennedy, said, “We really appreciate the range of skills, knowledge and experience that volunteers bring to the museum every week of the year. Volunteers’ Week is our chance to say thank you to existing volunteers and perhaps also to interest new ones.”