National Leather Collection - Volunteer Archive Digitiser

Project name

Telling the Story of Leather

Organisation name

National Leather Collection

Title of role

Volunteer Digitiser

Main objectives (what outcomes will you want to see from the volunteers)

  • Digitisation of the National Leather Collection’s paper archive by producing .JPEG files of all papers, photographs and film negatives.

  • A clear desktop system of these files to correlate with the physical storage.

Tasks and activities (what jobs will they do to achieve the above?)

  • Use a flatbed scanner to scan paper documents, photographs and film negatives to produce .JPEG files.

  • Organise files on the computer in a system that mirrors the physical storage.

  • Read and identify documents by adding metadata tags and descriptive information to the files.

Reporting to

Victoria Green, Project Manager


2nd Floor Grosvenor Chambers, Grosvenor Shopping Centre, Northampton, NN1 2EW

Work hours

Flexible; we ask for a commitment of 4-6 hours per week, which can be completed over 1 or 2 days. (Our operating hours are Mon – Thurs, 10:00 – 16:00.)

Skills/attributes/experience desired

  • Be familiar with the use of a computer and document scanner.

  • Good organisation

  • Able to work as part of a team

  • Be motivated and able to self-manage

Training provided?

We are hosting a volunteer recruitment event at the National Leather Collection on Thursday 5th July from 14:00 - 15:00. This will provide an introduction to the project and an opportunity to meet the Project Manager and ask questions.

  • Basic archival/cataloguing training.

  • Training on how to use scanner and associated software.

  • Continued support provided by Project Manager.

Any other relevant information

The National Leather Collection is fully wheelchair accessible.

The project has a small budget for volunteer expenses, and may be able to refund the cost of bus tickets and public parking.