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Volunteer Project Adviser – Buying and Selling History: Marketplaces past and present

Many of Suffolk’s towns have grown up around a marketplace, and a thriving market can give life and character to a town today.

Using Sudbury as a case study, this project is going to investigate the role that markets have played in shaping our towns and our way of life, and the how markets are changing today to meet modern needs.

A market has been a fixture of Sudbury for over 1000 years and markets are still an important part of life in the town today. This project, in partnership with Sudbury Ephemera Archive, will research and bring together material on the history of all of Sudbury’s markets, including the cattle and dead stock markets and Corn Exchange, and record the stories of today’s traders and shoppers. The stories collected will then be shared in a creative way to take them to a wider audience.

What's involved?

Working with the Community and Learning Officer (West) and Volunteer Project Co-ordinator:

  • Liaise with local organisations and individuals to encourage their involvement in the project
  • Share knowledge of local history and sources
  • Help steer the overall direction of the project
  • Support evaluation of the project by providing requested project information and feedback

Why get involved?

  • Develop new skills, or use your existing experience
  • Actively contribute to a project that will bring positive benefits to people
  • Work with unique historical records

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
  • Research
  • Working with Young People
  • Hands-on and practical work
  • I'm based near Ipswich
  • I'm based near Bury St. Edmunds
  • Giving a warm welcome
  • Organisation
  • Team work
  • Eye for detail
  • Effective Communicator
  • Oral history interviewing
  • IT skills (Microsoft package)
  • Friendly
  • Inclusive

Ideal Interests

  • Community Engagement
  • Events and Programming
  • Learning and Education
  • Local History
  • I'm based near Ipswich
  • I'm based near Bury St. Edmunds
  • Social history
  • Oral history

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