Volunteering and work experience

The Archives and Cornish Studies 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. We 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 our venues in Truro and Redruth. However, please do register your interest with our Volunteer Coordinator as volunteer numbers fluctuate all the time. You can do this using the contact details on this page. We will be expanding our volunteer programme when we move to Kresen Kernow in 2019. 

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Anyone can apply to be a volunteer. 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.

Are you:

  • hoping to pursue an interest in Cornish history
  • wishing to use or develop skills in handling or preserving documents
  • wanting 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. This includes:

  • handling old documents
  • palaeography (reading old handwriting) and
  • IT skills

We welcome applications from all sections of the community. We are keen to diversify our volunteer workforce.

You can read an overview of volunteering with us here. 

Would you like to find out what it is like to work with archives and library material? Students can join us for a placement at Kresen Kernow after it opens in summer 2019.  We work in line with Cornwall Council's work experience policy and procedures. We aim to provide enjoyable learning opportunities.

Work experience students are supported by members of staff with experience of working with young people. We plan activities to provide a taster of our work. We offer full guidance and support during the placement. This helps individuals get the most out of their experience and meets school expectations.

Please see the Council's Work Experience scheme for more details. Students should be in full time education and aged between 14 and 18 years. If you would like to do work experience with us, you will need to apply through Cornwall Council's Work Experience scheme after September 2019.