Amy Hamill - Unlocking Our Sound Heritage, Ulster Folk Museum

Some of our volunteers have told us about their experiences with National Museums NI. Find out what they've learnt and what they enjoy most about volunteering with us.

Amy-Hamill-UOSH-Volunteer-175x250Tell us about yourself in no more than 50 words

My name is Amy Hamill, I work as a freelance graphic designer and a retail technician. I am an amateur photographer who loves travelling and learning about new places. I’m currently studying a night class in Ulster Archaeology, to further my knowledge in the local area.

What volunteering are you involved in with National Museums NI?

I am a Digital Cataloguing Volunteer for the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage Project at UFTM and have been for over a year. Previously, I was involved with the Dippy Exhibition in the Ulster Museum as a visitor experience assistant.

How did you hear about the role and why did you apply?

I heard about the UOSH project while volunteering with Dippy, and it immediately peaked my interest. I love learning about local histories and stories and folklore, and I fully support preserving the past to ensure its available for future generations as a window into a time period they didn’t experience.

Have you learnt anything new about National Museums NI that you didn’t know before?

It’s not that I didn’t know this before, I assumed it, but it was nice to see that everyone in the organisation that I’ve spoken to are really passionate about the project and the work that they do in the museums.

Have you learnt anything new about yourself through volunteering with us?

The volunteering has opened up my mind and made me more passionate about museum work, and this was the reason I started an Archaeology course, and completed an Archives Management online short course. I wanted to learn more about something I didn’t have the opportunity to when leaving school.

Tell us the best 3 things about volunteering with National Museums NI?

Being able to work in an organisation that truly values historic artefacts and events as big as something like Takabuti, but also smaller ones too, like preserving oral histories from Joe Bloggs 40 years ago.

The people are easy to get along with, are very helpful with any questions about the project or about different aspects within the organisation. They are also very supportive of the volunteers.

The opportunities that are available within the volunteering- for example the different roles available for the UOSH project.