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Information on Selected Volunteer Opportunity

Artefact Assistant: Preserving History Volunteer 
Richmond Museum Collections


Make history while discovering the City of Richmond's rich collection of historical artefacts and museum exhibits!

Over the course of 6 months we will visit each of the heritage sites and museums in Richmond to note the condition of all of our artefacts to ensure their wellbeing. In museums this is called Preventative Conservation.

Help preserve Richmond's community history through keeping its objects safe from harm and deterioration. You will learn about Richmond's stories while getting a unique hands-on and behind the scenes experience.

With these skills, you will be able to volunteer with the Richmond Museum's exhibit team while they receive artefacts for a brand new exhibit. You will have the opportunity to assist with loans, de-installation and installation.

Responsibilities and Activities:
-Detailed examination of artefacts on display
-Creating condition reports for each artefact
-Photographing any damage or deterioration
-Gentle care and cleaning of artefacts

Date/ Time of the event or activity: Preventative Conservation:
Last Thursday of each month from
April October 2018. 9am-12pm or 1pm-5pm.

Mandatory training session on: April 12th, 9am OR April 19th, 1pm.

Condition Reporting for Exhibitions:
Every Tuesday in August 9am-5pm
Select dates in September, 2018

Site location:
Site location will change each month.

Steveston Museum
3811 Moncton St, Richmond, BC V7C 3A0

Steveston Interurban Tram
4011 Moncton St, Richmond, BC V7E 3A8

Britannia Shipyards
5180 Westwater Dr, Richmond, BC V7E 6P3

Richmond Olympic Experience
6111 River Road, Richmond, BC V7C 0A2

Minoru Chapel
6540 Gilbert Rd, Richmond, BC V7C 3V4

London Heritage Farm
6511 Dyke Road, Richmond, BC V7E 3R3

Working conditions:
The volunteer must be able to provide their own transportation to and from each work site.

Benefits to the volunteer:
Volunteers will be trained by professional museum curators in hands-on interaction with museum artefacts.
The opportunity to learn in depth about Richmond's heritage through experiencing its sites & historical artefacts.
Volunteers can expect a unique & rare experience of behind the scenes access to all of Richmond's museum & heritage sites.

Additional info: Skills, experience, abilities required: While no experience is required, any background in museums or heritage is an asset. Other assets include:
Experience handling fragile objects
Performing detail-oriented tasks
Experience using a digital camera

Personal traits/qualities desired:
A desirable candidate will have an interest in history and museums, be reliable, detail-oriented and curious. Someone who is able to work independently as well as with a small group.

This position requires writing detailed reports in the English language; therefore a strong command of the English language both written and oral is required.

Training required for this position:
All volunteers must attend a mandatory training session on the care and handling of museum artefacts. These will be held on April 12th at 9 am and April 19th at 1 pm.

Minimum Time Commitment expected:
3-8 hours a month. You are welcome to select which dates and sites you are most interested in.


Minimum age: 18


Dates: -

Frequency: up to 6 months

Thursday: Mornings (6am to 12pm), Thursday: Afternoons (12pm to 5pm), Seasonal: Summer, Seasonal: Spring, Seasonal: Fall


Contact Info
Ana Alfieri
Curatorial Assistant
Cell: (604) 718-8495