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COVID-19 collecting volunteer project

Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives is currently closed to the public due the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Staff are working hard behind the scenes however and we'd like to invite you to help us document the impact of the virus and the lockdown measures in place and organisations in the borough.

To find out more read our Life During Lockdown: COVID-19 collecting volunteer project summary and see how you can get involved.


What volunteering opportunities are available?

Volunteers have been making an invaluable contribution to our service for over two decades through the time, energy, skills and passion which they provide. Under supervision by professional staff our volunteers have worked on a wide range of tasks and projects, including:

  • Cataloguing of material such as images, cuttings and ephemera folders, and archives, particularly, item by item, to set guidelines.

  • Transcribing and indexing archive documents.

  • Preservation tasks, such as repackaging and reboxing.

  • Assisting with the development and delivery of exhibitions and public events, including film screenings, book sales and family history days.

  • Digitisation of local history library and archive material including photographs.

  • Identifying duplicate stock from unsorted local history library material and selecting those items which are eligible for inclusion in our collections.

  • Providing one-to-one research support to visitors attending Access Open Days at THLHLA.


Why volunteer here?

We strive to ensure that volunteering at THLHLA will bring benefits to individuals by developing their experience, skills and confidence, fostering personal leisure or academic interests, as well as providing opportunities for enjoyment and social interaction.


How do I get involved?

If you are interested in volunteering with us get in touch via email at You can also download and read our Volunteering policy for further details.

For information on volunteer opportunities in the archive sector and volunteering in Tower Hamlets more generally see the Archives and Records Association (UK & Ireland) and Volunteer Centre Tower Hamlets.