Digital Cataloguing Volunteer, Unlocking Our Sound Heritage

See below for details of our current volunteering opportunities at National Museums NI

Exit Menu


The project:

National Museums NI is participating in Unlocking Our Sound Heritage, a UK-wide project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and led by the British Library. The project will digitally preserve almost half a million endangered sound recordings from across the UK and make 100,000 available online, transforming the visibility of sound archive collections in the process. We are looking for volunteers to support the creation and amendment of catalogue records which will enable the discovery and access of digitised sound recordings for a wide range of audiences.

Location: National Museums NI Headquarters, Cultra, BT18 0EU

What you will be doing:

  • Prepare sound items for cataloguing.
  • Collate and review supporting documentation.
  • Scan original documentation.
  • Produce digital tape summaries and transcripts.
  • Cross-reference catalogue records.
  • Assist with filing and shelving.
  • Produce a blog entry for National Museums NI’s website.

Your skills and experience:

  • Accuracy
  • Attention to detail
  • IT skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Commitment to skills development
  • Enthusiasm
  • Reliability

Your time:

Able to commit to at least one day a week, 10am-4pm (Monday-Friday) for a six month period.

What’s in it for you?

  • Contribute to a nationwide, HLF-funded project.
  • Learn about National Museums NI’s sound archive and the work to conserve this material.
  • Gain skills and experience in cataloguing, documentation and archiving.
  • Receive one-to-one training and support.
  • Be part of a friendly professional team.
  • Reimbursed agreed out-of-pocket travel and subsistence expenses up to a maximum of £8 per day.


For a detailed volunteer role description and details of how to apply please email: by Friday 18th January.