Young volunteers group: join us now!

Dec 13 2017 10:40 AM

Bea Gmur-Pierre, chairman of the Museum's Young Volunteers Group, on the joys of volunteering at the Museum. 

Hi, my name is Bea. 

I'm the Chairman of the Young Volunteers Group at the London Museum of Water & Steam. I wanted to introduce myself and the Group, and encourage others to join us.

I’m a second year Criminology student at Greenwich University, but I’ve been a volunteer at the Museum for the past 11 years. I was first brought along by my father, who is a keen volunteer and a driver on the Waterworks Railway.

As a female, I love having the opportunity to get hands on and mucky with steam, diesel and rotative engines, and it really inspires me to encourage others to get involved. You can learn new skills while having fun and meet new people. My friends are always interested to hear what I get up to on my Museum weekends.

With more interest from younger volunteers, we thought it was time to create a group to support each other and help the growth continue. In a heritage industry, and with the challenges we face in today's society, there have been many tests in our first year as a group, which we’ve been able to share with each other.

The Museum offers young people a lot more than they realise. Volunteering gives you a passion, an interest outside work or study, a social group that extends outside your walls, skills that most people envy -  and, crucially,  a fantastic addition to your cv. Recently, the group’s Vice-Chairman found a new job in the industrial heritage world with the skills and knowledge he developed as a Museum volunteer.

We are planning a series of events for 2018, including:

·         monthly socials

·         visits to other places of interest

·         promotional events

…and much more

Do join us. Whether your passion is getting dirty driving steam locomotives or stationary steam engines, helping with school visits, greeting visitors at front of house or helping at events or in our archive, the Museum has something for everyone.

You can find out more by e-mailing me at: beatrice.gmurpierre@waterandsteam.org.uk

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