During the ‘Introduction to Archives: Rupert Brooke Case Study’ project, we had three volunteers who were school students. After explaining the catalogue to them, we asked two volunteers to select items to use in exhibitions about Rupert Brooke’s life. They were allowed to choose from selected topics, and they chose to look at his family, and his interest in drama.
- ‘Rupert Brooke and Drama’ exhibition (Emily Wilmoth, aged 16)
- ‘Rupert Brooke and Family’ exhibition (Daisy Ashton, aged 16)
As well as curating the online exhibitions mentioned above, these volunteers, and a third one (Phoebe Scott, aged 18), created many of the transcripts used throughout this website. If you are interested in volunteering in archives, why not contact a local repository?
When carrying out archival research, you may find you need to narrow the focus of your research. Using this approach can give great results, whether researching for an essay or creating an exhibition.