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Members of the community who volunteer their time and services to the National Museum bring with them a wide range of skills and experience and considerably enhance the delivery of programs. Their enthusiasm and commitment is greatly appreciated by visitors and staff alike.
This year nearly 100 volunteers dedicated more than 3000 hours of their time to Museum activities such as:
meeting school groups and providing a general introduction to the Museum and education programs
assisting with the delivery of public programs and events such as National Archaeology Week, school holiday programs including outreach activities at Floriade, and the photographic conservation conference
assisting with the operation and maintenance of the PS Enterprise including its relocation from the Kingston boat harbour to Acton,and the production of a new operations manual for the vessel
assisting library, collection, conservation and curatorial staff
interviewing visitors for regular surveys.
The role of volunteers in the Museum was also extended into new activities such as:
- translation services for Stories from Australia, the Museum's travelling exhibition to China
- research assistance for a range of forthcoming exhibitions
- constructing new touch trolleys
- assisting the Public Affairs and Photography sections of the Museum.
In June 2003 the Museum acknowledged the contribution made by the dedicated volunteer crew of the PS Enterprise by taking them to the Murray River town of Echuca, where the PS Enterprise was once based.
A list of volunteers who assisted the Museum during the year is in Appendix 11.