*IMPORTANT: Although we have an open deadline for volunteer recruitment, if you’d like to attend the Oral History training day on the 22nd of August, please apply by 4pm on the 17th of August 2015.

CELEBRATE: LGBT History in Cumbria is calling for motivated volunteers who can commit their times to the project in the next 12 – 18 months.

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CELEBRATE is the first project to  explore and uncover the living history of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT)  community in Cumbria.

The project was developed by OutREACH Cumbria and Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust and supported by Heritage Lottery Fund.

We would love to hear  about memories, and to collect  photographs and other objects  reflecting  the lives of LGBT people in Cumbria. A  touring exhibition is planned for 2016 to  share those stories. The collection will also  be housed in Tullie House Museum & Art  Gallery and Cumbria County Archive.

Who are we looking for?

People who are enthusiastic about uncovering the LGBT history in Cumbria and able to contribute their time.

What tasks will be given to the volunteers?

We are recruiting volunteers to help us collecting stories, objects and images from participants across the region between late March 2015 and Spring/Summer 2016. Some of the volunteers will also take on tasks of documenting the objects and images, developing the exhibition and promoting future events.

We are also open to provide opportunities for volunteers to utilise their particular skills.

What training and support are there for the volunteers?

The volunteers will be trained in Oral History collection (a certificate will be presented upon completion) as well as basic museum and archive acquisition knowledge. For first-time volunteers, we recommend attending the free ‘Essential Skills for Volunteers’ sessions provided by Cumbria Council of Voluntary Sector (CVS).

The Project Coordinator will support the volunteers throughout the process, and will attend meetings and interviews with the volunteers around the region when needed.

How much time are the volunteers expected to commit to the project?

We’d expect each volunteer to commit a minimum of 20 days throughout this project, including days spent on trainings. So that’s approximately 2 – 3 hours a week.

Are there any requirements?

Yes, but only a few:

  • Able to travel
  • Able to attend the initial meeting and the training session in March
  • Able to use computer for communication by emails
  • Good communication skills
  • Pass the DBS Standard checks

Also because the volunteers will be working remotely and with digital devices, ITC knowledge and skills would be highly desirable.

How to get involved?

If you would like to be a volunteer for CELEBRATE, please email Tonia Lu, Project Coordinator at tonial@outreachcumbria.co.uk, for any further enquiries, please get in touch with Tonia on tonial@outreachcumbria.co.uk / 07956 336872 or