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COVID-19 collecting volunteer project

We are closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our usual volunteer programs are paused at this time

But we are working hard behind the scenes, and we still need your help. We'd like to invite you to help us document the impact of the pandemic in the borough.

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


What can I do?

Volunteers have been making a vital contribution to our service for over two decades. With guidance form our staff, they have worked on a wide range of projects: :

  • Cataloguing

  • Transcribing and indexing

  • Repackaging items to help with long term preservation

  • Helping to develop and deliver public events. This includes exhibitions, film screenings, book sales and family history days.

  • Helping to digitise local history library and archive material, inclusing photos

  • Identifying duplicate stock

  • Helping visitors at Access Open Days with research support


Why volunteer here?

We work hard to make sure that volunteering with us brings many benefits, such as:

  • developing experience, skills and confidence
  • learning new things
  • futhering research interests
  • social interaction and enjoyment


How do I join?

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please get in touch via email. You can resch us at

You can also download and read our Volunteering policy for further details.

To learn more about volunteering int he archive sector see the Archives and Records Association (UK & Ireland).

To learn more about volunteering in Tower Hamlets see the Volunteer Centre Tower Hamlets.