Volunteers at Cheshire Archives and Local Studies

Volunteers play an important role within our service and work with Cheshire Archives and Local Studies staff to

  • help preserve the records in our care
  • add information about the books, maps, pamphlets and records we hold to our archives catalogue
  • create a range of databases to increase access to some of the most popular records we hold

Our volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and dedication to the service.

Volunteer projects

Examples of past volunteer projects are

  • data entry for the Overleigh Cemetery, Tithe Apportionment, Railway Staff, Military Records, Trade Directories and Chester Gaol databases
  • cleaning and packaging of Cheshire wills and marriage licence bonds and allegations
  • improving the catalogue descriptions in the Fodens of Elworth, vehicle manufacturers, collection

Currently our volunteers are

  • helping to catalogue our Local Studies collection
  • cleaning and packaging wills
  • helping to catalogue local authority building plans, overseers of the poor records and the records of Cheshire County Council
  • creating databases from the Quarter Sessions calendars of prisoners and Chester apprenticeship registers

If you are interested in volunteering at Cheshire Archives and Local Studies please get in touch.  We will ask you to complete a short form to give you the chance to tell us about your skills, interests and experience.  We will also send you details about our current projects to help you choose  the right project for you.