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Volunteers for Cultural heritage: a partnership perspective on current trends and future challenges



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VoCh – Volunteers for Cultural Heritage was a European project, funded by the European Commission Brussels as part of the Grundtvig lifelong learning programme. The project began in November 2007 and finished in October 2009.
The project started out by acknowledging the importance of volunteering as a positive act of citizenship and the increasing significance of volunteers for preserving cultural heritage, promoting access to heritage and collections and, in many instances, running cultural institutions such as museums.

Its main activities and outputs were:

* Europe-wide research on volunteers in the cultural heritage sector
* Identification of good practice case studies
* Design, development and delivery of training schemes for volunteers and volunteer coordinators
* Development and publication of guidelines for good practice when working with volunteers

Adele Finley will present an overview of the research and its results before moving on to discuss the main trends and issues which emerged. She will explore the themes of participation, active citizenship and audience development by drawing on good practice case studies identified during the project.

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Volunteers for Cultural heritage: a partnership perspective on current trends and future challenges

  1. 1. VoCH Volunteers for Cultural Heritage: a partnership perspective on current trends and future challenges Adele Finley Project Partner Manchester Museum
  2. 2. ‘ Heritage Hubs’
  3. 3. Volunteers for Cultural Heritage <ul><li>The VoCH Project </li></ul><ul><li>Funded by EU </li></ul><ul><li>A Partnership Project </li></ul><ul><li>Aims and scope of research </li></ul>
  4. 4. Volunteers and Volunteering
  5. 7. Commonalities of practice <ul><li>General Principles </li></ul><ul><li>Management structures </li></ul><ul><li>Community engagement / lifelong learning </li></ul><ul><li>Accreditation and certification </li></ul><ul><li>Independent and volunteer-run museums </li></ul><ul><li>Friends </li></ul>
  6. 8. Current Trends <ul><li>Diversifying the workforce </li></ul><ul><li>As a route to Employment </li></ul><ul><li>On-line volunteering </li></ul><ul><li>Short-term volunteering </li></ul>
  7. 9. Future Challenges <ul><li>Internal Advocacy: encouragement and celebration </li></ul><ul><li>Organisational offer: resourcing volunteering </li></ul><ul><li>Weak infrastructure: establishing and maintaining strong partnerships </li></ul>
  8. 10. Active Citizenship <ul><li>‘ I’ve got more confidence to talk to people, being around people and feeling comfortable with it. Working within the Museum which I have never done before – you do see the place in different light.’ </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Initially some volunteers scarcely had the confidence to walk through the door. Now I see the same people talking to everyone, speaking up for themselves and playing an important role in the museum’ </li></ul>
  9. 11. Further Information <ul><li>VoCH website: www.amitie.it/voch/index.html </li></ul><ul><li>Janja Rebolj: City Museum of Ljubljana </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>01 2412 535 </li></ul><ul><li>Adele Finley: The Manchester Museum [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>+44(0)161 275 8775 </li></ul>