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Kidderminster carpet museum looking for volunteers
KIDDERMINSTER’S carpet museum is encouraging residents to volunteer at the tourist attraction, following a busy summer of events.
The Museum of Carpet, based at Stour Vale Mill in Green Street, is approaching its one-year anniversary since opening in October last year and bosses want more people to help out, particularly with educational activities.
Front-of-house staff and people to man the reception desk are required and museum organisers are also encouraging young people to get involved.
Manager Paula Kovacs said: “We want people who can be chatty, lively and friendly with people.
“It is useful if they know about the industry and town but not essential because we can always show them around and talk about things.
“We also want young people to volunteer. It can be useful for people who want a career in museums – it is a great starting point to see what museums do.
For a lot of our volunteers it is also a very social experience.”
Volunteer Julia Thomas, 59, of Kidderminster, who works on the front desk, helps people find their way around the museum and assists visiting groups such as schools, said: “It is great fun and it is a lovely atmosphere.
“It is a very social thing and it allows you to meet a lot of other people so it is just perfect.”
The carpet museum has spent the summer putting on workshops for people of all ages, including under-fives in a creative play session, and has taken part in the Kidderminster Arts Festival.
Ms Kovacs said: “Generally, we have done well this summer. The workshops we ran were excellent.”
She said the museum was in the process of launching a new website.
On Saturday, the museum will open its doors for members of the public to take a look inside for free as part of the Heritage Open Days weekend.
It will also feature a visit and demonstration from the Lace Makers Guild.
Anyone interested in volunteering can visit the museum in Green Street for an application form or call 01562 69028.
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