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Stories of RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall Project Co-ordinator

RAF Lakenheath is the largest US Air Force base in Europe. Originally built by the RAF as part of Britain’s defences during the Second World War, it has hosted the USAF since 1948. RAF Mildenhall was first established in 1930, and has been home to the USAF since 1950, and has been 'The Gateway to the United Kingdom' for most US military personnel and their dependents arriving or leaving the UK since 1958.

This community project will investigate how these airbases and their surrounding communities have co-existed alongside each other for the last 70 years. Find more information on this project here.

The Project Co-ordinator will work closely with the Community and Learning Officer for West Suffolk to lead on organising the research and sharing phases of the project.

What's involved?

The Project Co-ordinator will play a key role in this project. They will:

  • Co-ordinate the work of the Research Volunteers. This will include archival research, and collecting memories from people
  • Take an overview of the topics being researched, and keep research organised
  • With guidance from the Community and Learning Officer, liaise with local groups to encourage participation and identify opportunities for research and sharing
  • With guidance from the Community & Learning Officer, coordinate oral history interviews to support research, using trained volunteers
  • With the Community & Learning Officer, discover and coordinate opportunities to share and engage new audiences with research findings
  • Consider opportunities to write blog pages and content for Suffolk Archives social media
  • Support evaluation of the project with requested project information and feedback
  • Support the Exhibitions & Interpretation Officer in curating exhibitions and events based on project research


Why get involved?

  • Opportunity to develop project management and people management skills, while enabling people to discover their own local history
  • Chance to meet other volunteers and share the stories you discover with a wider audience
  • Enjoyment and fulfillment
  • Travel expenses are funded

How to get involved?

  1. Sign into your account or sign up to Volunteer Makers.
  2. Accept the challenge.
  3. Await a response from Suffolk Archives with more information.

Ideal Skills

  • Copywriting
  • Design & Illustration
  • Event Management
  • Event Stewarding
  • Photography
  • Project Management
  • Research
  • Social Media
  • Working independently
  • Working with Databases
  • I'm based near Bury St. Edmunds

Ideal Interests

  • Community Work
  • Creative and Arts
  • Event & Project Management
  • Learning and Education
  • Marketing and communications
  • Visitor Service/ Front of House
  • Curatorial/Working with Museum or Archive Collection
  • I'm based near Bury St. Edmunds

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