Volunteering and work experience

Both Cornwall Record Office (CRO) and the Cornish Studies Library (CSL) offer a variety of volunteering opportunities and work experience placements. We work in line with Cornwall Council’s Volunteer Policy and good practice guidelines. We are committed to providing supportive opportunities and aim to match people’s needs and preferences to the experiences we offer.

Our volunteer programme is currently at capacity and there are waiting lists at both Cornwall Record Office and the Cornish Studies Library. However, please do register your interest with our Volunteer Coordinator, using the contact details on this page, as volunteer numbers fluctuate all the time and we will be expanding our volunteer programme when we move to Kresen Kernow in late 2018. At the moment we do still have capacity for school work experience students.

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Anyone can apply to be a volunteer, and we will work with you to devise a placement which meets your needs, and gives you the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to our work.

Whether you are hoping to pursue an interest in Cornish history, use or develop skills in handling or preserving documents, or want to gain some general experience of working in archives or libraries to help further your career, please feel free to contact our Volunteer Coordinator using the contact details on this page. No previous experience is necessary as we provide training on all aspects of our work, including handling old documents, palaeography (reading old handwriting), and IT skills. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and are keen to diversify our volunteer workforce.

You can read an overview of volunteering with us here. 

Students who would like to find out what it might be like to work with archives and library material can carry out a joint placement between Cornwall Record Office and the Cornish Studies Library.  We work in line with Cornwall Council's work experience policy and procedures and aim to provide enjoyable learning opportunities.

Students are supported by members of staff with experience of working with young people. We plan activities to provide a taster of our work and offer guidance and support during the placement to help individuals get the most out of their experience and meet school expectations.

Please see the Council's Work Experience scheme for more details.

If you are applying for volunteering opportunities or work experience (and you are not aged between 14-18 and in full time education), please contact the Volunteer Coordinator using the contact details on this page.

Once we have received your application we will contact you to arrange a time for you to come and meet us, confirm whether we can offer a suitable volunteering opportunity, and plan your placement.

Students in full time education

If you are aged between 14 and 18 years and would like to do work experience with us you will need to apply through Cornwall Council's Work Experience scheme.

If you would like to find out more before you apply for a volunteer placement, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator using the contact details on this page.