Become a Volunteer
The Museum is maintained and run by a group of more than 60 very dedicated volunteers who give up their time to ensure that the museum is open to the public as much as possible and continues to be an exciting place to visit.
We are always pleased to hear from people willing to help at the museum. There are many opportunities to get involved and we hope you will find a position where you both help and also enjoy the experience. Whatever and whenever you can offer help, we look forward to hearing from you. We will ask you to complete an application form and provide references. For more information please send an email to - firstname.lastname@example.org
The main areas where help is needed are:
We have a pressing need for general stewards who will help us to increase the Museum's opening times. Maintaining the rotas, greeting groups, assisting visitors, finding lost children, and everything else -- including making sure the building is secure at the end of the day! You don't need to have great or even any technical knowledge -- an interest in the Museum's work and making it even more accessible to the public are key.
Preparing a group of machines and associated documentation and displays ready for subsequent display in the museum. For instance, presenting a set of analogue computers from the 1950s and 1960s : How should it be done? What supporting material do we have? Do the systems have special requirements for presentation? Have we fully researched the subject? Are we presenting information in the most accessible way?
While some equipment is only for display, and some systems are being worked on by specialist teams under very strict conditions, many of the hands-on displays need constant maintenance. If you operated a Sinclair Spectrum and loaded games by cassette you will know what we mean! The hands on machines include BBC Model B's, Atari, Sinclair, RML, Amstrad
Guides and Explainers
Probably the most important role in the museum - explaining the collection to the visiting public. Individual experts will explain their systems and processes they are most expert about, but there is always a need for a guide to escort groups of visitors through the museum and present the collection as an overall experience.
Archiving and Collection Management
Items we receive at the museum must be documented and photographed and recorded in our asset management system before being put into the store or on display. This is quite a job as we have a backlog of work to complete. We use an MDA approved computer system for all the records.
The Current Team
Over the years a large number of people have volunteered their time and expertise to getting the museum to where it is today. Below are some of the key people (in no particular order) which the trustees would like to thank for their past and continuing efforts, without which the Museum would never have existed:
John Sinclair, Ben Trethowan, Len Stuart, Kevin Brunt, Tony Frazer, Adam Bradley, Pete Chilvers, Peter Vaughan, Johan Iversen, Jules Richardson (now in the USA), Steve Parker (Mailing list & video imaging guru), Phil Catterall, Lin & Bob Jones, Barney Duffy, Simon Fryer (now in Aus), John Blackburn, Chris Blackburn, Sheridan Williams, Graham Wallace, John Wetherall, Phil Hayes (PDP Phil), Chris Monk, Andrew Spencer, Stewart Baker, Sinclair Holm, Sue Dee, Sue Graham, Pam Gilroy, Jill Clarke, Olly Harlow, Delwyn Holroyd, Owen Grover, Owen Garland, Peter Onion, Peter Williamson, Derek & Pauline Sayers, Philip Hardy, Andrew Armstrong, Chen Sung, Jamie Knight, Brian Aldous, Sandy Henry, Keith Tooley, Eric Harrold, Mike Kelly.
Not forgetting the Colossus Rebuild Team
The late Tony Sale, the late Cliff Horrocks, John Pether, the late Peter Merriman, John Whetter, David Stanley, Ken Day & Bob Alexander.