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Volunteer Researcher - Markets of the 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.

Volunteer Researchers will uncover stories in the archives and record memories from people who work and shop in Sudbury’s markets.

What's involved?

You will be supported by the Project Co-ordinator and the Community and Learning Officer for West Suffolk to:

  • Conduct research into the history of Sudbury’s markets. This could include archival research and collecting memories from people
  • Create records of Sudbury’s markets as they exist today
  • There will be opportunities to record oral histories. Training will be provided
  • Work with the Volunteer Project Coordinator and Community and Learning Officer to create an effective system to log research
  • Support the Volunteer Project Coordinator to develop opportunities to engage new audiences with research findings
  • With the Volunteer Project Coordinator, 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 displays and events based on project research

Why get involved?

  • Opportunity to develop research 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 Stewarding
  • Photography
  • Reading/Storytelling
  • Research
  • Social Media
  • Working independently
  • Working with Databases
  • Working with Young People
  • Hands-on and practical work
  • I'm based near Ipswich
  • I'm based near Bury St. Edmunds
  • Family History Research
  • 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
  • Computers and Technology
  • Creative and Arts
  • Design
  • Events and Programming
  • Learning and Education
  • Marketing and communications
  • Local History
  • I'm based near Ipswich
  • I'm based near Bury St. Edmunds
  • Social history
  • Oral history

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