Become a Volunteer
Like to play a part in the development of one of the top computing museums in the world?
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 often 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 to help us to increase the Museum's opening times. Maintaining the rotas, greeting groups, assisting visitors, finding lost children, and everything else! You don't need to have any technical knowledge -- an interest in the Museum's work and making it even more accessible to the public are key.
Guides and Explainers
Probably the most important role in the museum is explaining the collection to the visiting public. There are individual experts on hand to explain their systems, but there is always a need for guides to escort groups of visitors through the museum and present the collection as an overall experience.
There are lots of back office tasks that keep the Museum running smoothly. If you have admin skills, we'd like to hear from you.
Vintage equipment breaks down and we need people with the skills and knowledge to undertake repairs and an eagerness to learn. Some systems are cared for by specialist teams under very strict conditions, but 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!
Do you have a flair for presentation? New displays -- temporary or permanent -- are opened regularly. Help is sometimes required to make them accessible to the visiting public.
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 and the Robinson Reconstruction now underway
The late Tony Sale, the late Cliff Horrocks, John Pether, the late Peter Merriman, John Whetter, David Stanley, Ken Day & Bob Alexander.