Archives Collections Volunteer – Keeping East Lancashire in the Picture

Can you help keep East Lancashire in the Picture?  Would you like to learn new skills and find out about your local heritage?

At this time, we are recruiting for Nelson library ONLY for Wednesday sessions. Please speak to a member of the Archives team before you apply – contact details below.

Keeping East Lancashire in the Picture is a new two-year Lancashire Archives and Local History project that will make the wonderful collections of historic photographs in East Lancashire Libraries more accessible.

We need volunteers to digitise old photographs so that people can enjoy them online, and at exhibitions and events. We also need help researching the images. Could you help identify people, places, and events?

You will receive ongoing support from project staff with a friendly and relaxed approach and this will also be a chance to meet new people.

What are we looking for from our volunteers?

  • A commitment to our projects
  • Regular attendance at agreed times
  • A good eye for detail and accurate work
  • Respect for the documents in our care


Volunteer sessions are held at various times and locations:

Accrington Library:
– Monday – 9.30am-12.30pm / 1pm-4pm
– Tuesday – 9.30am-12.30pm / 1pm-4pm

Burnley Library:
– Thursday – 9.30am-12.30pm / 1pm-4pm
– Friday – 9.30am-12.30pm / 1pm-4pm

Colne Library:
– Tuesday –  9:30am -12:30pm / 1pm-4pm
– Friday – 9:30am -12:30pm / 1pm-4pm

Nelson Library:
– Monday – 9.30am-12.30pm / 1pm-4pm
– Wednesday – 1pm-4pm / 4pm-7pm


If you are interested in finding out more, contact us for an informal chat at or on 01772 533039


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Under supervision after training provided…

  • Making indexes and other lists so that people can find information in our collections
  • Repackaging collections
  • Making digital copies of material in our collections
  • Doing research in our collections.

Required Qualities:

  • Good ICT skills
  • Be reliable and committed.


Volunteers must have completed the required training before any activity can be undertaken and may be asked to regularly refresh training where required. Full training will be provided in the form of distance learning or trainer led.

Required Age:

16 years +


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Accrington Library, St James' Street, Accrington. BB5 1NQ
Burnley Library, Grimshaw Street, Burnley. BB11 2BD
Colne Library, 47-55 Market Street, Town Centre, Colne. BB8 0AP
Nelson Library, Market Square, Nelson. BB9 7PU

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If you are interested in this opportunity please contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator for a chat, or click apply now.

Email: Lancashire Volunteer Partnership

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