Volunteering and Placements

Volunteers and students placements contribute in a variety of ways to the work of the Society and our success, and we could not achieve what we do without them.  

Volunteering at the Society

Our volunteer roles offer the chance to gain new skills, knowledge, and experience. Volunteer opportunities will range in time span, from short-term to long-term projects and can fit around people’s ongoing commitments. A variety of roles become available in the Library and Museum, or for special projects like exhibitions and events.

In 2014, our volunteers were joint recipients of the Marsh Trust Award for Volunteers in Museum Learning in the London region for their contributions to our Portraying the Past exhibition, especially for creating a wonderful experience for our visitors.

If you have a general enquiry about volunteer opportunities, please download, complete and return our Volunteer Enquiry Form to volunteer@sal.org.uk.

Current Opportunities

Digitising our Seals Card Catalogue with Micropasts

The Society is excited to announce that we have launched a project to digitise the card index which accompanies the seal collection. Comprising more than 10,000 seal casts, matrices and impressions – many of which are important and unique records – the card index is the primary finding and research aid to this collection. With funding from the London Museum Development Digital Grants, the Society has purchased a high intensity scanner to produce high resolution images of the cards, which will be placed online through the heritage crowd-sourcing website Micropasts, where members of the public (including Fellows) can help to transcribe each card. The Society will then receive the transcribed data that can be fed back into future research enquiries and projects.

Find out more on the project >

Journal Collection Review

We welcome volunteer applications to help us conduct a journal collection review. The project will be of particular interest to students and recent graduates of Library and Information Studies, as well as subjects relating to History, Archaeology and the History of Art. This project is long-term, offering long- and shorter-term volunteering opportunities. We anticipate it to run between November 2017 and August 2019, with potential further projects emerging. Days available are Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, however a precise schedule and a level of commitment will be agreed on individual basis.

For more information, download and read the full brief. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the Volunteer Application Form and return it (along with your CV) to library@sal.org.uk.

Volunteer Testimonials (2015)

Student Placements and Internships

The Society has hosted placements and volunteer internships from the University of York, University of Aberystwyth, University of Oxford,  University of Sussex and others. We have also hosted sixth form student placements through the Lord Mayor's Cultural Scholarship Scheme. Our placement opportunities give students the chance to gain hands-on experience working with collections or helping with business operations across other areas of the organisation, and to develop their confidence and knowledge in a professional setting.

We welcome enquiries from universities who would like to partner with us on student placements, or from students who are interested in finding out about placement opportunities with us. We are not currently recruiting for specific placements, but please get in touch if you would like to discuss future opportunities.

Enquiries to be directed to volunteer@sal.org.uk.

Student Testimonials

“…[It was] such a wonderful learning experience and a whole lot of fun!”

“My time at the Society was interesting, satisfying and thoroughly rewarding. I feel that I have contributed to a worthwhile project whilst gaining useful insights, contacts and experience…”

“Not only did I have the opportunity to chat with staff and fellows (including one whose works I have used during my studies) but I also got to attend interesting lectures…”