Role: Natural History Collections Volunteer
I have been a volunteer at the Museum Resource Centre for approximately twenty years; mainly involved with the Entomological collections in their ongoing conservation. This involves the frequent inspection of the somewhat fragile and locally important specimens, some of which are well over 100 years old, and ensuring that their initial identifications are correct. There have been many advances in the identifications of individual species.
I have been involved with queries from the general public who have brought/sent specimens for identification, and, in some cases advice, when there has been anxiety over infestation.
During my years of volunteering I have been always treated with the utmost friendliness and consideration from all members of staff, have been made aware that I am always welcome, there have been times when staff have been under varying levels of stress, but still I have always been made to feel welcome. These are just a few of the benefits that I have felt as a volunteer. Long may this situation continue.