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Volunteers’ Week Profile Showcase: Meet Laura

Students make up a large portion of our volunteers, many of them interested in a career in archiving, heritage or research. It’s great to have young people helping out in the Archive to give a fresh, new perspective to the work we do. Kicking off our #VolunteersWeek profile showcase we have Laura, a third year History and Archaeology student at Reading University. Laura has volunteered at the Mills Archive for a year and a half, and has been pleasantly surprised at how varied the work that goes on in an archive can be…

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“I didn’t realise how much there was to an archive. People may think it’s just rooms full of paper records, but the people-orientated side is very important too; like fundraising and running training workshops.”

The Mills Archive has reinforced Laura’s passion for history, helping to shape her plans for the future.

“I’m interested in pursuing a career in the heritage sector, after my Masters in Public History. I’ve found it difficult to get work experience in heritage jobs so I feel very lucky to have had this opportunity to volunteer at The Mills Archive.”

Laura believes that volunteering has played a vital role in preparing her for the workplace:

“Volunteering at the Mills Archive has given me the confidence to go into a job knowing about the working world. I’ve been able to learn about how organisations are run, and seen working examples of what roles I could go into, without the pressures of it being my real job.”

Could volunteering be the confidence boost you need to help propel you into a new career? We’d love you to get in touch if you’re interested in volunteering at the Mills Archive.