Do you like history, enjoy wearing historic costumes and getting into character? Volunteers can help explain the history and bring it to life for visitiors at a local museum in Ellesmere Port. They are looking for people who are confident and enthusiastic and will join their "Costumed Interpretation" volunteer team bring life to the stories of Parters Row and other parts of the museum, including the slip way.
Volunteers provide visitors with an insight into the workings of the slipway and the lives of the workers and families who worked on the canals and lived in Porters Row Cottages. Volunteers will be provided with the research for each character, but will have the opportunity to delve deeper into the character's personal history. You will help deliver tours, give a friendly welcome to visitors, learn about the history, wear historic costumes and engage with visitors in character to provide the atmosphere of the period.
The role will give you experience of helping in a museum and involvement with the tourist industry. You will also gain confidence in communication skills, working with the public, research and playing characters and be offered a reference if needed if you have volunteered regularly. Ideally you will be available at either week-ends or during school holidays and might be able to help 3 or 4 days in a month. No prior experience is needed but you must be friendly,, enthusiastic, enjoy working with people, confident to engage with visitors and get into character, help with demonstrations, learn about the history, willing to undertake any training needed for the role and enthusiastic about working with visitors of all ages. You will need to attend 2 days training about Costumed Interpretation and costumes are provided.