The Mercian Regiment museum has recently been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant to move, redisplay and re-interpret their galleries at Nottingham Castle Museum. Work began in November last year to move the artefacts from the previous space. As the collection moves to its new gallery in the Castle, 30 volunteers are needed to help when this exciting project is once again open to the public.
The Museum of the Mercian Regiments tells the story of the regiments of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire (45th and 95th Regiments of Foot, The Sherwood Foresters, The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment and the Mercian Regiment) from 1741, up to the present day.
When the museum is up and running, volunteers will welcome visitors and offer assistance to anyone researching a member of their family who served in the regiment. Alongside customer service duties, there may be opportunity to work with the collection and help out with any basic conservation work that may be required.
Potential volunteers are invited to an information day at Nottingham Castle on Saturday 27 February. There will be presentations from Jennifer Brookman, Curator and Archivist at 10:15 and 1:15 on how people can get involved. There will be tours of the new gallery space and opportunity to mingle with staff and volunteers as well as completing an application to volunteer.
The Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Jackie Morris said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to become part of the highly successful Nottingham City Museums and Galleries Volunteer Programme. We know volunteering is a great way to get experience for your CV, to increase confidence and challenge yourself. We are very grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for making this project possible and helping us to work with the Regiments to continue to preserve valuable local history and to enhance such a popular gallery at Nottingham Castle.”
To book a place on the one of the sessions or to find our more, please contact the Nottingham City Museums and Galleries (NCMG) Volunteer office at: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone on 0115 8762205.