Engaging student volunteers

Over the last two years, the number of volunteers at Wiltshire Museum who are under 25 has increased from three percent of the volunteer team to nearly twenty percent. Much of this increase is down to projects created for Duke of Edinburgh Award (DoE) volunteering.

The museum focused on developing a variety of work skills for young people and resulted in a range of (mainly digital) outputs. 

Here, Nicola Trowell, Wiltshire Museum Projects Officer, explains more.

“Volunteering here has made me feel as though I am doing something for the community, despite also feeling, quite selfishly, very pleased with myself for being a better person. As well as helping the staff here at the museum, it is something I look forward to each week, telling my friends about what I do here with a smile on my face.”  Sasha, DoE student   

Wild Life in the Red

What do you think about our exhibition?

Sawfish are also called carpenter sharks...but they are rays, not sharks!

There’s also a species called a sawshark, but that’s, well, a shark!

What the heck is a lek?

Males great bustards perform spectacular courtship displays, gathering at a ‘lek’ or small display ground to try to impress the females.

Road Runner!

The great bustard has a dignified slow walk but tends to run when disturbed, rather than fly.

Belly Buster!

The hen-bird on display at The Salisbury Museum was one of the last great bustards to be eaten in the town!

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