Museum Volunteers: Good Practice in the Management of Volunteers

Museum Volunteers: Good Practice in the Management of Volunteers

by Sinclair Goodlad, Stephanie McIvor, Goodlad Sinclai
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415182093

ISBN-13: 9780415182096

Pub. Date: 06/28/1998

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Museum Volunteers is a practical handbook on the use of volunteers as interpreters within museums. Drawing on key examples of outstanding practice from the UK and North America, this book forms a unique resource on volunteerism.
This book:
* reviews research on the changing priorities of museums
* examines a form of volunteering that has

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Overview

Museum Volunteers is a practical handbook on the use of volunteers as interpreters within museums. Drawing on key examples of outstanding practice from the UK and North America, this book forms a unique resource on volunteerism.
This book:
* reviews research on the changing priorities of museums
* examines a form of volunteering that has provided benefits to all participants in an activity similar to museum interpretation - student tutoring
* describes and analyses the strengths of five exceptional volunteer programmes in Canada and the USA
* reports the finding of five volunteer programmes set up and managed by the authors in the Science Museum, London
* examines the development process of the pilot studies and the consequent establishment of a permanent volunteer programme in the Science Museum, London
* discusses the mutual benefits that volunteer programmes can bring to museums and volunteers
* offers suggestions on the practical day-to-day management and administration of volunteers.
This book is essential reading for anyone involved with the management and administration of a museum, or, is thinking of offering their services to a museum as a volunteer.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415182096
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/28/1998
Series:
Heritage: Care-Preservation-Management Series
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
1Making knowledge accessible1
2The functions of museums and the role of volunteers9
3The development of student tutoring as a form of volunteering21
4Case studies of five exemplary programmes in Canada and the USA30
5Pilot volunteer programmes in the Science Museum (London)57
6Some principles of good practice in, and working documents for, the management of museum interpretation by volunteers80
App. AOrigins and developments of student tutoring87
App. BManager of Volunteer Programmes - an aide memoire92
App. CScience Museum agreement with Trade Union Side, January 199394
App. DVolunteer deployment: The procedure, questions & answers and volunteer forms96
App. E.1Briefing for student museum chaperones101
App. E.2Sample volunteer job descriptions103
App. FVolunteer recruitment information and forms107
App. G.1Template for induction training programme for volunteers112
App. G.2Introduction to the Volunteers' Handbook113
App. HVolunteers' agreement116
References and further reading118
Index130

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