Volunteer at the Archives

** Please note that all volunteer activities and projects are currently suspended until further notice **

We rely on volunteers to help us complete projects to make records more accessible to the public.

A number of roles are available to volunteers, including:

  • Indexing records
  • Box Listing
  • Cataloguing
  • Creating Finding Aids
  • Labelling and Packaging Records

Projects we have run in the past:

  • Indexing school records
  • Cataloguing the records of Dundee High School
  • Listing the records of Dundee Harbour Trust
  • Creating an index of Dundee Schools

Our volunteers generally come in to the Archives Searchroom for a morning or afternoon a week. Anyone is welcome to volunteer at the Archives.

How do I become a volunteer?

If you are interested in helping to preserve the history of Dundee and would like to volunteer with us, please get in touch. Let us know if you have a particular interest and we will try to provide you with a suitable project. We will then arrange for you to have a chat with an Archivist and have a tour of the archives. We will discuss what skills you have, what sort of project you would like to get involved in, and the amount of time you would be willing to invest in it.

Student Volunteers

At Dundee City Archives we make every effort to provide volunteer placements for prospective Archives students where possible, however we are only able to support a few students at a time. To see if we have availability for new student volunteers, please get in touch.

We are always happy to talk to people who are thinking about a career in Archives. We can explain the work that we do and the main responsibilities of being an Archivist. If you would like to arrange an informal chat with an Archivist, please get in touch.

Work Experience

We may be able to take on school pupils for work experience. We can give you the chance to handle and interpret original historical documents, index a document, sort and list items in a collection, help us with research or create a small document display. If this is something that you might be interested in, please get in touch. We will need plenty of notice before your work experience starts to get things ready and prepare work for you to do, so please ask as soon as possible.

Please note that due to time restrictions or staff leave we may not be able to offer placements during some weeks.

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