Volunteering

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Though Oxfordshire VCH is not currently running any major volunteer projects, we regularly work in partnership with local groups or individuals who have particular skills and interests they are willing to share. Examples are:

Oxfordshire Buildings Record (OBR) - a local society for anyone interested in historic vernacular buildings, whatever their background or previous experience. As well as trips and a newsletter, the OBR organizes occasional building recording days, and has investigated several buildings in connection with current VCH work. In addition it runs events across the county, and offers hands-on training to all members. (Find out more...)

South Oxfordshire Archaeological Group (SOAG) - a voluntary society running several excavations in the Chilterns area, involving members at every level. VCH Oxfordshire has cooperated with SOAG in recent excavations at Bix and garden test-pitting at Ewelme, and may undertake further joint work in the future. New members are always welcome. (Find out more...)

Oxfordshire Probate Group - originally set up for the VCH’s England’s Past For Everyone project on Burford, this is a friendly and informal group of people from varied backgrounds who are actively transcribing and analyzing 16th- to 18th-century wills and probate inventories - partly for the VCH, and partly for their own independent projects. Enthusiastic new members are always welcome, and will be helped over the initial hurdles of coping with 17th-century handwriting. For further information contact the VCH county editor simon.townley@history.ox.ac.uk

VCH volunteers - while we currently lack the resources to train volunteers in Oxfordshire (e.g. in reading old documents), we always welcome help from those with established interests or skills, or a willingness to undertake transcription of selected types of material. Particular tasks might include help with building investigation - fieldwork - trawling unindexed newspapers - or transcribing particular documents, including 19th- and 20th-century material. If you think you might be interested, please contact the VCH county editor simon.townley@history.ox.ac.uk, with details of your particular experience, whether you have transport, and what sort of tasks you might be interested in undertaking.

Fundraising and the VCH Trust - the bulk of VCH Oxfordshire’s funding now comes from the independent VCH Oxfordshire Trust, which is actively fundraising to ensure that current and future projects reach fruition. All the trustees and officers give their time and expertise on a purely voluntary basis. If you have fundraising skills or experience, or might be willing to help with administrative tasks, please contact the VCH county editor simon.townley@history.ox.ac.uk for further information. Links with the Oxfordshire Chilterns or with the Wychwood Forest area would be particularly useful for current fundraising.

Volunteering outside Oxfordshire - several VCH counties are currently running more extensive volunteer programmes. Details are available on individual county websites. (Read more…)

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