Do you love history, archaeology, fashion or leather? Whether you have experience to offer or would like to learn some new skills, whether you’re an aspiring blogger or photographer, whether you’re interested in administration or DIY … we want you! The gift of your time is of great value to us. At the NLC there is a project for everyone, no matter your skill or experience level. So if you have some time to spare, and think you would be interested in working with a nationally important collection, please get in touch by completing the contact form below.
Here are just some of the exciting new projects for which we are currently recruiting volunteers …
Join our Front of House team
We are recruiting volunteers to help us run our front of house operation. This would include responsibilities such as greeting visitors, learning about and interacting with the collection, and keeping the space clean and tidy. Email us if you would like to join our front of house team, learn about leather and meet some likeminded people.
Direct a YouTube series
We are looking for someone with either the experience or the enthusiasm to help us create a short series of videos to introduce the basics of leather and leathercrafting. Experience of leather is absolutely not necessary! We are keen to produce a beginner’s guide to the industry, from what defines leather to how tanning works. If this sounds like a project you would be interested in learning more about, please get in touch.
Archive and digitise
We have a large paper archive here at the National Leather Collection, including excavation reports, research, and archives. At the moment, we are particularly focusing on the Oliver Baker archives and the Dickens Brothers Ltd. archive, a recently closed factory that has been making bespoke leather products in Northampton since 1897. We would like to digitise these archives so that they can be viewed online. A volunteer is needed to photograph or scan each page with the goal of an online reading platform being created and maintained.
We are always actively researching into our objects in order to understand the full significance of each item, no matter how big or small. Whether you have a particular academic/personal interest, or would just like the challenge of researching into a random artefact, come and get hands on with our collection! The aim of this project is to draw public and academic attention to our most significant artefacts, and we would love for volunteers to research items and provide material for blogs, or even write up their findings themselves.
Be an Assistant Editor
The NLC is looking to start a monthly newsletter to send out to a mailing list of interested affiliates, visitors, friends, etc. The newsletter would be digital, in a PDF format, and would be sent out via subscription to our mailing list, or available as a download on our website. We are looking for an assistant editor to work with a member of our team to select content for the newsletter, and help with the editing and design process. No editing experience is necessary, but an interest in writing or design would be an advantage.