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Volunteer Project Co-ordinator - 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.

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?

With support from the Community and Learning Officer (West Suffolk) 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, co-ordinate oral history interviews to support research, using trained volunteers
  • With the Community & Learning Officer, discover and co-ordinate 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
  • Event Management
  • Event Stewarding
  • Project Management
  • Reading/Storytelling
  • Research
  • Social Media
  • Working independently
  • 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
  • Leadership of volunteers
  • Effective Communicator
  • Oral history interviewing
  • IT skills (Microsoft package)
  • Friendly
  • Inclusive

Ideal Interests

  • Community Engagement
  • Computers and Technology
  • Creative and Arts
  • Design
  • Event & Project Management
  • 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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