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The Watercolour World

The Watercolour World is a UK registered charity, but a global project, which aims to visually recreate the world before photography by working with public and private collections to aggregate pre-1900 watercolours of record onto a single geographically-indexed website – www.watercolourworld.org The project is entirely directed towards the public benefit globally, with no commercial purpose, and is created as a valuable resource for research and education

Application deadline: 

The Watercolour World is looking for volunteers with an interest in visual history and digital projects. TWW aims to visually recreate the world before photography by working with public and private collections to aggregate pre-1900 watercolours of record onto a single geographically-indexed website – www.watercolourworld.org We need volunteers to assist in the processing and collating of information from the collections, categorising, tagging and geolocating the images. A great opportunity for anyone with an eye for detail and an interest in history and/or geography and who would like to be introduced to the way the world was recorded pre-1900

Role Aim: 

To help us recreate the world before photography and reach our target of 100,000 images by the end of the summer

Duties: 

The role includes sorting through images of documentary watercolours, identifying those relevant to the project, researching their location, and categorising and tagging images by content and subject matter, and/or helping to research new open source collections

Skills needed: 

An eye for detail, general knowledge of history and geography and an interest in visual history and digital projects.

Training: 

Volunteers will be guided through the process when they arrive. Members of the team will be on hand to answer any questions.

Location: 
City of London
Time commitment: 
N/A
Opening times: 
This role is available throughout the summer (and indeed the year). Our hours are 0930-1730. Ideally, summer volunteers would be available for a minimum of one or two weeks.
Categories: 

Once you’ve registered interest in this volunteering role, we’ll send your name and UCL email address to the organisation for their records. You’ll also receive information about the next steps to take if you do wish to take things forward. The organisation has signed up to our code of standards, which includes a commitment to protecting your data. We won’t share your information with anyone unless you’ve given explicit consent to. We’ll also retain your details so we can follow up to see how you’re getting on with your volunteering and offer support if necessary. We take good care of your data – you can see full details here