Spotlight Spiel Volunteer

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Location: Jewish Museum London, Raymond Burton House, 129-131 Albert Street, London, NW1 7NB (see map)

Travel: Camden Town station. Parkway bus stop.

Start date: Ongoing

Age: Volunteers should be 16 years old and above+

What will I be doing?

  • Bring the collection and Jewish history and culture to life as a Spotlight Spiel volunteer!
  • As a Spotlight Spiel volunteer, you will have the chance to curate your own 5 - 10 minute talk. Picking either an object or a theme, you will research and write a talk with consultation from the curatorial team. We will provide training so you feel confident to deliver this talk to the public during a volunteering shift.
  • This is a fantastic opportunity to build up research and public speaking skills! You will be able to engage with a variety of audiences and share behind the scenes knowledge.
Neville giving a Spotlight Spiel

Neville giving a Spotlight Spiel

What impact will this have?

  • Our collections, exhibitions and activities give a sense of discovery and creativity and our education programmes inspire people to take a stand against racism and to look at the world from a different point of view. We need your help to give visitors to the Jewish Museum London the best possible experience. Our volunteers are a vital part of the Museum team and work side by side with our paid staff.
  • As a Spotlight Spiel volunteer, you will provide an insight into the museum and Jewish history and culture. In an age of increasing antisemitism, you will help contribute to the museum's aim of enlightening and teaching the wider public about this community.
  • This role also allows volunteers to personalise a visitor's experience. Object talks can give specialised knowledge about a previously unknown subject area.It can stimulate discussion and engage a variety of audiences!

When are you needed?

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Commitment

  • Volunteers are asked for a minimum of one morning or afternoon shift a month.
  • We aim to be as flexible as possible and we are always happy to discuss alternative arrangements

What else do I need to know?

  • You do not need to be Jewish or have any prior knowledge to volunteer with us!
  • We welcome volunteers from all backgrounds. If you are over the age of 16 and have the right to volunteer in the UK, we would love to hear from you!

Expenses

  • Travel expenses, up to £10 per day, are reimbursed with valid receipts.

Background checks

  • No background checks are required

About the organisation:

Additional Information

What skills will be useful?
  • Interpersonal
  • Listening
  • Teaching
  • Team working
  • Leadership
What skills can I gain?
  • Academic
  • Charity
  • Creative
  • Creative
  • Interpersonal
  • Listening
  • Teaching
  • Team working
  • Leadership
  • Practical
  • Technology

Training

  • All relevant training will be provided! You do not need any prior knowledge about Judaism or Jewish history.
  • Spotlight Spiel volunteers begin as gallery invigilators, in order to get a feel for the museum and learn about the collection. General training, surrounding health and safety, customer care and more, will be provided during your initial shadowing shifts.
  • As you are researching and writing your talk, training about delivering this to the public will be provided.

Location

Jewish Museum London, Raymond Burton House, 129-131 Albert Street, London, NW1 7NB

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