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Heidelberg Historical Society is a not for profit organisation, run by its members. It provides opportunities for people to become involved in interesting and worthwhile activities. We have many volunteers working on our collections on Mondays and Thursdays. On Sunday afternoons, volunteers staff the museum when it is open to the public. The list below covers many of our activities.

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Helping to run the museum on Sundays.
We need 4 volunteers each week to staff the museum when it opens to the public, from 2pm to 5pm on Sundays. The work is not very difficult and it is a good way to become familiar with our collections as volunteers answer questions from visitors.
Cataloguing the Photographic Collection
A group of members is cataloguing our collection of 11,000+ photographs. They meet regularly at the museum on Mondays and Thursdays. The work involves entering information about the photographs on computers. It's not too difficult; we can show you how to do it.
Web Site Maintenance.
Web sites like this one need to be updated regularly. "What's New" must be kept new. Information needs to be provided in electronic form. The skills of web designers are always in demand. You can learn a lot by getting involved.
Helping with research requests.
Members of the public often make requests for information about aspects of Heidelberg History. This can include information on the house or the street they live in, help with school or university projects or research, and assistance to government bodies involved in public affairs and events.

Members with local knowledge are needed to follow up on requests.
Maintenance of the museum.
Any historic building needs regular maintenance, including normal cleaning and dusting, but also straightforward handyman tasks. (We don't ask our members to do anything risky or dangerous.) Working bees or regular small jobs need the support of members.
Assisting with displays.
A small group of members is involved in planning and arranging displays of the Museum's objects. Displays change regularly and include exhibits for special occasions, such as the Banyule Festival. This is a good way to learn about Heidelberg history and our various collections.
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Recording new (old) Historical items.
All sorts of items, including objects, photographs, documents and maps frequently find their way to the Museum. Each one has to be assessed, registered and catalogued to place it in historical context. We need people who are prepared to assist with this on-going task.
Undertaking Research Projects.
Projects are undertaken both individually and in co-operation with others. Our large collection of documents provides a source for investigating particular places, events and people. Oral histories are one way of holding on to and helping to understand memories of the past. Particular institutions such as local schools can be an interesting subject for historical research.
Adding to our Collections
We are always on the lookout for photographs, objects, maps, documents and other literature relating to Heidelberg's history.

With our commitment to recording the history of our region and its people, the HHS is the perfect place to donate relevant photographs, objects, maps, documents and other literature. If you do not wish to give us the original, we are very happy to make copies and return the original to the owner.
Attending General Meetings
General membership meetings are held every second month. This gives members a chance to hear about our activities, to share their views and to hear from one of our series of expert speakers. Attendance at meetings is one of the best ways to keep up with the Society's activities.
Copying Documents
Projects include copying material from newspapers and other publication for filing. Many quite ordinary materials found in the community could be regarded as historical documents in the future.
Photographing the District
Today's photographs are tomorrow's historic records. Members photograph events of importance, building projects and day to day street scenes. We need to have a pictorial record of such things as our district changes.

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