The Vale of Berkeley Railway Trust urgently needs the help of volunteers to convert a handwritten museum catalogue into a digital format. The railway plans to create a museum and visitor centre at its site in Sharpness, Gloucestershire, and it has gained access to a substantial collection of railway-related material from the Winchcombe Railway Museum, which has recently closed. The collection has been thoroughly catalogued on handwritten sheets but it needs to be digitised to ease the move of the collection to Sharpness and to permit updates and easy consultation.
Volunteers will be provided with paper copies of pages and will transcribe entries on to a simple computer form. The data will in time be transferred to a specialist museum catalogue and be permanently retained. In decades to come your work will still be valuable and be regularly consulted by museum staff and researchers. Volunteers will do the transcription from home at your own pace; how many catalogue pages you transcribe is up to you.
What are they looking for?
This is a position suitable for an accurate, careful and diligent individual, typing with precision and a reasonable typing speed.
This position is widely suitable for volunteers of all ages.
When: Variable times
Age requirements: 16 upwards
The Old Engine House, the Docks, Sharpness, Gloucestershire, GL13 9UD
About Vale of Berkeley Railway Trust (VG)
The Vale of Berkeley Railway Trust is a charitable organisation seeking to reconstruct the old Severn & Wye Joint Railway from Berkeley to Sharpness as a working heritage railway for local people and visitors, including rebuilding the railway's key structures, including the stations at Sharpness and Berkeley. The ultimate aim is to rebuild the line as it was in its heyday, with a focus both on passenger traffic and freight. A substantial museum and interpretive centre are also planned that will combine the stories of coastal traffic, Sharpness river port, the Gloucester and Sharpness canal, local communities and the railway to create an entertaining and memorable experience for passengers and visitors.
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