The Courtauld's Volunteer Community
Digitising over one million photographs of art and architecture.
Courtauld Volunteers
London
About Us
Our Mission:
COVID UPDATE: We have paused recruitment for new volunteers, but would love to invite contributors to our Zooniverse project https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/courtaulddigital/world-architecture-unlocked. Please note: the library is now only accessible via stairs due to building works.
I would highly recommend volunteering at The Courtauld to other friends as a stepping stone to new chapters whether it's to gain personal confidence or to learn new skills
Muny Morgan, Digitisation Volunteer
THE MAIN TASKS
We have four main tasks that volunteers undertake every shift. These tasks are very hands on and designed so that volunteers can be involved in every stage of the digitisation process:
Re-ordering and labelling items to prepare them for digitisation.

Digitally capturing and image checking items using our Phase One cameras and Capture One software.

Logging in our database the photographers involved in building our photographic library.

Collecting basic metadata around the archives to allow people who will access our materials for free online to have a more easy, logical and coherent experience.

Most volunteers try a bit of everything to decide what tasks they enjoy most. Working with the camera is a fast-paced experience where a team of volunteers focuses on hitting our digitisation targets, for example, whereas sorting and labelling is where our photographic library can be explored in detail. Many volunteers like to try out a different task each shift.
DAY TO DAY EXPERIENCE
Every shift starts in the Staff Common Room where you can make yourself tea or coffee, help yourself to biscuits and wait for a member of the Digitisation Team to collect you.
Morning Shifts (10am-1pm) Mon, Tues, Wed, Thur, Fri
Afternoon Shifts (2-5pm) Mon, Tues, Wed, Thur, Fri
Evening Shifts (6-8.30pm) MON ONLY

It's super easy to book a shift through Timecounts and we are happy for you to book on a shift by shift basis in a way that works around your lifestyle.

There's no minimum commitment required, we have many volunteers who have now attended regularly for over two years but we understand that everyone has different motivations for volunteering and taking part.

We are happy to be able to reimburse your travel up to £10 a day.

Unfortunately, we can't cover lunch expenses, although you are welcome to use our common room to eat and to store packed lunch.
How You Can Get Involved
Accessibility Statement
This accessibility statement applies to the pages dedicated to Courtauld Volunteers on Timecounts.
This website is run by Timecounts.

We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:
· change colours, contrast levels and fonts
· zoom in up to 500% without the text spilling off the screen
· navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
· listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)
· change the size of the browser window and have the text reflow in a single column
We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand and don't use PDF documents.

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible. If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:
· email digitisation.volunteering@courtauld.ac.uk

We’ll consider your request and get back to you.
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