The Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre began life as a volunteer-run project to preserve the history of the West Tamar region. Now managed by the West Tamar Council, volunteers remain an integral part of the Heritage Centre’s services and operations.
VISITOR SERVICES DESK VOLUNTEERS welcome visitors to the Heritage Centre, sell entry tickets and gift-shop merchandise, distribute floor-plans and provide information about the Centre, its facilities, exhibitions and history. They also answer questions about the town, the surrounding region and its facilities and attractions.
MAINTENANCE VOLUNTEERS carry out works on the Centre’s infrastructure and exhibitions, assisting with ongoing maintenance and gardening, exhibition development and installation, and some conservation work under the guidance of curatorial staff.
FAMILY HISTORY/RESEARCH VOLUNTEERS assist the Conservation Curator with Family History enquiries, research original documents from the collection and online, carry out database entry and digitising of the Centre’s collection, and assist with content and development of exhibitions.
VOLUNTEER TOUR GUIDES & SCHOOL PROGRAMME TOUR GUIDES conduct guided tours of the Heritage Centre historic site and collection for pre-booked groups. They greet groups upon arrival and lead them through the complex, delivering commentary, offering interpretation, answering questions and supervising the use of interactive exhibits. Tour guides also conduct activities such as gold-panning during school group visits.
Training is offered for all positions.
If any of the above roles are of interest, please contact us to discuss becoming a volunteer:
Phone: 03 6383 1473
Fax: 03 6327 4826