Museum Volunteers: Good Practice in the Management of Volunteers, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Museum Volunteers

Good Practice in the Management of Volunteers, 1st Edition

By Sinclair Goodlad, Stephanie McIvor

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144 pages

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Description

Museum Volunteers is a practical handbook on the use of volunteers as interpreters within museums. Drawing on key examples of outstanding practice from the UK and North America, this book forms a unique resource on volunteerism.

This book:

* reviews research on the changing priorities of museums

* examines a form of volunteering that has provided benefits to all participants in an activity similar to museum interpretation - student tutoring

* describes and analyses the strengths of five exceptional volunteer programmes in Canada and the USA

* reports the finding of five volunteer programmes set up and managed by the authors in the Science Museum, London

* examines the development process of the pilot studies and the consequent establishment of a permanent volunteer programme in the Science Museum, London

* discusses the mutual benefits that volunteer programmes can bring to museums and volunteers

* offers suggestions on the practical day-to-day management and administration of volunteers.

This book is essential reading for anyone involved with the management and administration of a museum, or, is thinking of offering their services to a museum as a volunteer.

Reviews

'A valuable contribution to those with an interest in the subject.' - C. Duffy, Museum National

About the Authors

Sinclair Goodlad is Professor of Sociology of Higher Education at Imperial College and a leading expert on the use of volunteers within museums. Stephanie McIvor has worked as a manager in the Science Museum in London since 1991. In 1995 she launched the Museum's new volunteer programme.

About the Series

Heritage: Care-Preservation-Management

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS100000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Museum Administration & Museology
SOC003000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology