Without your research into the experiences of South Asian soldiers, we won’t have anything to tell our exhibition visitors, and this important and complex aspect of the First World War will remain unknown.
Volunteer role: Researcher
Time frame: November 2015 – April 2016. You don’t need to commit to the whole time, as there are opportunities to be involved throughout. Volunteers will need to attend at least one heritage workshop (but the more the better!), conduct some independent research following the workshop, and report back on findings.
Location: Venues across London. Travel expenses will be reimbursed.
Purpose: To uncover a story about World War One which Britain has forgotten, through letters, photographs, stories, and military accounts at archives of national importance, including the Imperial War Museum, the National Archives, and the National Army Museum.
Tasks: Participating in workshops designed to introduce and develop existing research skills and to explore the issues surrounding representation of South Asian soldiers in WW1. Using these workshops to help you set your own research agenda; undertaking this research independently (but with support) and reporting back on research findings.
Skills required: An existing interest in OR previous study of history are a must. Experience conducting research, whether on your own family history, for study, or unrelated to history would be helpful. Skills in analysis and synthesis will support you.
Support/training provided: Workshops will be led by experienced heritage professionals, and will provide training on researching in archives and contextual information about WW1 and the relationship between pre-partition India, Nepal, and Britain.
Other roles you might be interested in: As Researcher, you may want to help others find out more by curating the exhibition or making digital stories. You might also want to organise and lead tours of the exhibition or blog about what you’ve discovered. We welcome volunteers who want to do it all!
Interested? Get in touch!