“I didn’t realise how much there was to an archive. People may think it’s just rooms full of paper records, but the people-orientated side is very important too; like fundraising and running training workshops.”
The Mills Archive has reinforced Laura’s passion for history, helping to shape her plans for the future.
“I’m interested in pursuing a career in the heritage sector, after my Masters in Public History. I’ve found it difficult to get work experience in heritage jobs so I feel very lucky to have had this opportunity to volunteer at The Mills Archive.”
Laura believes that volunteering has played a vital role in preparing her for the workplace:
“Volunteering at the Mills Archive has given me the confidence to go into a job knowing about the working world. I’ve been able to learn about how organisations are run, and seen working examples of what roles I could go into, without the pressures of it being my real job.”
Could volunteering be the confidence boost you need to help propel you into a new career? We’d love you to get in touch if you’re interested in volunteering at the Mills Archive.