Volunteers give up hundreds of hours to work in city museums

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The Beaney Museum

Volunteers working in Canterbury City Council’s museums and galleries service have been thanked for their efforts.

Last year 34 people gave up a total of 865 hours of support in areas such as exhibitions, collections, marketing and education, working alongside the service’s own staff.

Students in particular have gained experience and have recognised this as being a significant factor in securing a job.

At Tower House last week, volunteers were invited to a celebration event in recognition of their hard work. It was also a chance to network with other volunteers and museums and galleries staff.

Cllr Neil Baker, the authority’s communities chairman, said: “We have a wide selection of volunteering opportunities within the museums service and are always happy to welcome new people.

“You may want to get into a career in museums, or just have an interest in the exhibits we look after and the projects we run. Whichever it is, you’ll learn new skills and meet new people, and contribute to a service that welcomes thousands of visitors a year.”

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