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.
Tell us about yourself in no more than 50 words
I am a Queen’s University Graduate in Archaeology with Spanish. I volunteer with Ulster Museum in order to further my knowledge of a museum-based environment and also out of my own interest for archaeology.
What volunteering are you involved in with National Museums NI?
I am involved in the Archaeology Research team in helping them digitise the recorded specimen archive.
How did you hear about the role and why did you apply?
I heard about the role through Queen’s University when a representative for Ulster Museum gave a lunchtime seminar on how we could volunteer and gain experience in a museum environment.
Have you learnt anything new about National Museums NI that you didn’t know before?
I have learned many things from my time working in Cultra. Such as everyday skills working with Excel, but also familiarising myself with GIS, OS Maps, Irish Grid Reference Finder and Spatial Maps. Thanks to my time working in Ulster Museum, I find that these skills are desirable in working in the Museum sector and have therefore enhanced my employability.
Have you learnt anything new about yourself through volunteering with us?
Since volunteering with Ulster Museum, I have applied for a master’s in museum studies at UCC and have been accepted. While I was contemplating applying for the course before I began volunteering, I was further encouraged to do so as I enjoyed my time there that much.
Tell us the best 3 things about volunteering with National Museums NI?
I enjoyed how I was trusted to work independently, and I always felt comfortable to ask for help.
I appreciated the flexibility of when I could go in to volunteer as my work rota alternates weekly.
I enjoyed meeting new people, the staff in particular were all so welcoming and friendly and beyond helpful in advising me about my future in museums.
Thanks to all at Ulster Museum!!