The Busselton Historical Society is always looking for new members. It takes a lot to run a museum of our size. If you don’t agree, look at the list of activities below that are essential to keeping the Museum running
|The volunteer members who man museum reception when the Museum is open and assist visitors with their queries are called hosts. Without enough volunteers to perform these duties we will have to consider reducing our opening hours.
|COVID taught us our venues must be spick and span and with the size of our premises this is a never-ending task
|Like all buildings, our buildings need to be maintained. This may mean anything from fixing gutters, painting, repairing pavement etc. If you are a retired farmer of tradesman, I’m sure we can find a job for you
|We have beautiful grounds and gardens at the Butter Factory but they take work to maintain
|Artefact conservation / restoration
|Many of the items in our collection are fragile and need special handling and care to ensure their longevity
|Public Research Queries
|We run a service to the public where we do research on the Museum archives for people who wish to know more about people, buildings or items from the Busselton area.
|We are constantly trying to find more information about the artefacts in our collection so that this information can be added to our online catalogue in Collections WA and / or displayed on interpretive signage. If these details are not recorded, they may be lost forever.
|We need people who manage where our artefacts are stored and / or displayed and to set up special displays.
|We have a team of people who are accessioning items into our online platform Collections WA. Due to the size of our collection, we believe that this project will take a couple years to complete
|We lost all the labels on our internal collection in the fire of 2018 and are in the process of recreating them. Once again this will take a while due to the size of the collection
|We have a lot of photographs at the Museum and all have to be scanned, digitally stored and catalogued and the originals archived. Also, as we like to have some of the collection available to the public via albums, these albums need to be managed.
|When large groups, like schools or community groups, visit the Museum we like to customise their visit to suit their requirements.
|We are creating interpretative signage for our collection highlights so that visitors can get a better understanding of what they are seeing and how the item fits into the local context
|Office Activities e.g. filing, stationery etc
|As with any community group or business we have office administration that needs to be done
|We need to produce Rosters for our Hosts so that they know when they are required at the Museum
|Like many other NFPs of our size we are struggling to find people who want to take on the extra responsibilities associated with a committee position however we cannot survive without people who will do this.
|Grants and Projects
|A lot of our funding for our larger projects is provided by grants so if you have any experience writing grant applications or running projects we want you
|We currently have a web site and post on Facebook but could do more if weren’t so constrained by our resources and knowledge in this area