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Digitisation volunteering

Volunteer with us

As part of Courtauld Connects, we will open our photographic collections to the public, making our full resolution digital images available online for the first time. With nearly one million mounted photographs and over 60,000 negatives to be numbered and photographed, we rely on the incredible support and generosity of our ever increasing team of volunteers.

Volunteering with us couldn’t be easier: you can come in as much or as little as you want. We have morning and afternoon shifts running Monday to Friday, as well as a weekly evening shift on Mondays. You don’t have to have any prior knowledge or minimum level of expertise, we will train you in every aspect of the process and find the best fit for you.

Our community of volunteers come from all walks of life and we provide an open-minded, positive and safe space where everyone is treated with respect, acceptance and gratitude.

Highlights of the photographic collections include:

  • Urban and rural architecture across the UK and Europe from 1200 to 2000
  • 1850s prints of Istanbul by James Robertson
  • TE Lawrence’s photographs of Jeddah
  • The Macmillan archive of bomb damage across Europe following the second world war
  • 20th-century social housing projects
  • The complete collection of Anthony Kersting’s negatives, with historical images of Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Israel
  • The de Laszlo gift of over 20,000 of Paul Laib Negatives illustrating works by many of the major artists working in Britain including Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson.

We are not currently recruiting for new volunteers, if you’d like to volunteer in the future please register your interest here  and we’ll be in touch when we reopen our recruitment, likely in Spring 2020.

If you’d like to discover more about what our volunteers do, please do read this blogpost and if you have any questions please email Caroline and Fran – digitisation.volunteering@courtauld.ac.uk



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