Getting involved

Volunteering is a great way of helping the Royal

The Royal benefits immensely from the time and expertise that volunteers bring. Whether it's a few hours on a small project to ongoing assistance, there will be something for everyone.

Current volunteering opportunities are listed below. If you have a project in mind, and it is not listed below, please contact the relevant department about ways of working.

Please note, some of the projects may be restricted to philatelists or members of the Society, due to subject specialisms. 

Interested in a University placement?

University students on a museum/library/archives course who wish to base their university placement at the RPSL should contact the Museum Curator on museumarchives@rpsl.org.uk or the Librarian on librarian@rpsl.org.uk.

The Royal Philatelic Society London
41 Devonshire Place
London W1G 6JY
volunteering@rpsl.org.uk

Volunteer roles to be completed at the Royal
Volunteer role Brief description Start date Suggested duration Department Email contact for further details
Museum Collections Volunteer You will assist the Curator with the ongoing care and conservation of the collection and be involved with repackaging, digitising and auditing the collection in preparation for our move to the city in summer 2019. You will be specifically involved in the glass plates cleaning, digitisation and repackaging project as well as the archive cleaning and repackaging project. There is also the opportunity of assisting with research for future exhibitions. Please see the role advertisment here: view October 2018 Flexible. Ongoing until March 2019 Museum museumarchives@rpsl.org.uk
Digitisation Volunteer You will be digitising the Perkins Bacon archive collection which consists of over 150 records from correspondence to engraving books and accounting books. The archive was donated to the Museum in 1935 following the closure of Perkins Bacon & Co. The company is perhaps most well-known for printing the world’s first stamp, The Penny Black, in 1840. The archive is of high heritage significance and we are looking forward to sharing it with our growing audience of international members. Please see the role advertisment here: view October 2018 Flexible. Ongoing until March 2019 Museum museumarchives@rpsl.org.uk

Volunteer roles that can be completed from home
Volunteer role Brief description Start date Duration/frequency Department Email contact for further details
Photograph Inventory - RPSL Meeting Days and Congresses Suitable for members only
Using the photographic collection, you will identify members of The Royal Philatelic Society London and create a searchable inventory.
Flexible Ongoing Museum museumarchives@rpsl.org.uk
Video Inventory - RPSL Exhibitions and Conferences Suitable for members only
Using the video collection, you will watch the videos c.15 minutes in duration and create an inventory of the philatelists shown.
Flexible 2 half-days Museum museumarchives@rpsl.org.uk
 

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