From May to October the London Canal Museum is offering volunteers the chance to be a member of their Front of House or Education team gaining a unique insight into the history of London’s ice trade, the ice house at the Museum and how an independent museum operates.
King’s Cross, rich in colourful local history, is home to the London Canal Museum on the side of Battlebridge Basin (which was once named King’s Cross Basin and before that Maiden Lane Basin and before that Horsfall Basin). The Canal Museum not only documents the history of London Canals, but also of the ice trade in the capital. Its building was once home to Carlo Gatti’s ice wells. He stored ice here before selling it all over London. This year the Museum runs ‘ICE’ – a celebration of London’s ice and ice-cream trade – supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and you can be a part of it.
The Front of House volunteers will be welcoming face of the museum trained to provide a friendly and informative visit for visitors. This is a great role for those that wish to be an active member of a museum, gain customer care and retail skills and experience, and extend their knowledge of industrial history.
Volunteers in the Education team will facilitate learning across the curriculum. Maths, geography, literacy, science and many other subjects are made exciting in the historic surroundings of the museum. The volunteers will help prepare and deliver workshops, presentations and accompanying materials; and guide small school groups on short walks on the towpath near the Museum.
Additionally volunteers will assist with:
- Evaluating people’s experience of the Museum
- Guided Tours
- Gathering oral history recordings
- Creating written guides for the public
- Activity days for children
- Adult study days
- Towpath Walks and Tunnel Trips
- Representing the museum at London boat festivals
- Museum at Night and Halloween events
The Museum is looking for volunteers who are interested in discovering and sharing facts and stories. You will be:
- Able to volunteer one day a week
- A good team player
- Have excellent communication skills
- Enthusiastic for the work and aims of the London Canal Museum
- Able to follow instructions/procedures as well as use your own initiative
- Available to assist with evening and weekend events
Volunteering opportunities start in April/May. Free training on Customer Care, Health and Safety – Dealing with Emergencies, Disability Awareness and Child Protection takes place on Mondays: 15th, 22nd and 29th April and 13th May (all volunteers will need to attend).
The Museum is running an open evening for all those interested in becoming a volunteer on Monday 8th April at 6.30-8.30pm. Do contact the Museum for further details.