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Niamh Dolan - Unlocking Our Sound Heritage, Ulster Folk Museum

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Niamh-Dolan-175x250Some 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've worked in the audio visual media industry since 2008 and currently work full time for DAZN where we stream live sports online. I'm from Galway and moved to Belfast in 2017 to study a Masters in Irish Studies at QUB to pursue my passion for local history and folklore.

What volunteering are you involved in with National Museums NI?

I started volunteering in NMNI in October 2019 on an archaeology mapping project digitising the archaeological finds of NI. I've recently started volunteering with the Unlocking Our Sound Heritage project.

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

I had spotted a facebook post about volunteers for UOSH in January 2019 but unfortunately missed the deadline to apply. Luckily I saw a FB post for NMNI volunteers in August 2019. I applied because I wanted to learn more about the culture and heritage of Northern Ireland.

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

I was unaware that the offices existed at Cultra and the amount of archives contained within it.

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

I feel a sense of achievement volunteering with NMNI. It is a very different sector to what I am used to working in so being able to adapt to the environment I am in and thoroughly enjoy it is very rewarding. Career change on the way!

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

The best thing for me is knowing that all the people that work or volunteer here are as passionate about culture and heritage as I am!

The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming and I feel appreciated for being a volunteer.

The excitement of not knowing what is contained in the next file you open but knowing you will learn something from it.