Volunteers needed for new museum gallery

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SALISBURY Museum is looking for volunteers for its new archaeology gallery.

Work on the new Wessex Gallery is well underway and the museum is recruiting volunteers ahead of it opening in late spring.

The museum was given a £1.8mHeritage Lottery Fund grant last year to update its archaeology galleries.

The new gallery will tell the story of Salisbury and the surrounding area from prehistoric times up to the Norman Conquest, placing Stonehenge within its wider chronological and regional context.

The first volunteer role for which the museum is recruiting is an inclusive ‘story bag’ volunteer – who will created tactile and engaging story bags linked to objects or themes within the new gallery aimed at audiences with learning difficulties and young children.

The museum will be working with Open Story Tellers, which helps people with learning and communication, difficulties to be heard and understood, to train volunteers in how to create story bags.

Also needed is a learning volunteer who will be part of the learning department, leading school sessions on the Normans, Saxons, Romans and Stonehenge people, as well as assisting with living history demonstrations such as spinning, cooking and pottery firing.

The third volunteer role is welcoming visitors and guiding people informally around the space, as well as running spotlight talks and object-handling sessions. A fourth role is a communication volunteer, who will promote the new gallery at events and get involved with the wider museum marketing.

And the museum is also looking for a front of house assistant, a steward for the Cecil Beaton Exhibition and a gardener.

More information will be available at a recruitment fair being held on Saturday, March 22 from 2pm to 4pm.

Anyone interested can contact volunteer coordinator Bridget Telfer on 01722 332151 or bridgettelfer@salisburymuseum.org.uk.

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