Lister Steps is a community based charity providing childcare caring for children up to 14 years of age. In November 2016, we were awarded £3.95 million from Heritage Lottery Fund towards the full refurbishment and adaptation of the former Grade 11 listed West Derby Carnegie Library, aka The Old Library.
We want to make a lasting, positive impact on the local area. Together with HLF, we will conserve, regenerate and repair the building to relocate our existing childcare services and deliver an extended range of community services, restoring this building to its former grandeur and creating a local landmark.
The Old Library will be a sustainable, multi-use heritage destination; a welcoming place for people to come together, participate and learn, give and receive support and cultivate enterprise, making Tuebrook a better place to live and work.
We have lots of exciting community events and heritage activities planned for the project and need a team of volunteers to support and deliver these with us.
• Work as part of a team to explore the history of The Old Library through the 19th & 20th centuries
• Undertake research, particularly focusing on people who used the library & the development of the area surrounding it
• Produce short written reports and, where possible, provide scans/images of archive material discovered as part of the research
• Investigate archive sources (including the ‘Readers’ Proposal Book’, ‘Statistics’ book of lending figures and visitors book), photographic archives, Maritime Archives, business archives, church records, etc.
What skills and experience do I need?
• Interest in historical research
• Adaptable and dedicated
• Good attention to detail
• Interest in sharing existing skills to benefit local heritage
• Able to manage own time and work independently
What could I get out of being a volunteer Researcher?
• Discover more about local history and heritage whilst learning practical and transferable research skills
• Introductory training in archive research at the Museum of Liverpool & Liverpool Record Office
• Free tour of Central Library and the Galkoff’s exhibition at Museum of Liverpool
• Gain valuable work experience with a national museum service and receive support from Research Leads
• Make a vital and lasting contribution to a community project by helping us communicate the history of the building and the local area to people using the renovated building
Aside from the two training days on 13th December (at The Old Library in Tuebrook) and 14th December (at Central Library and the Museum of Liverpool), research can be undertaken at home and in volunteers' own time.
Minimum commitment level: One month
Start Date: 13-12-2018
End Date: 09-03-2019