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Faculty of Classics


Are you interested in LGBTQ+ and non-binary histories? 

Would you like to engage with members of the public, showing them how LQBTQ+ subjects link with the Classical World? 

Then the Bridging Binaries project is perfect for you. 


Important Information

Expressions of Interest close on 31 March 2023.

Volunteers from all backgrounds and levels of experience are welcome, especially those who have an interest in exploring LGBTQ+ histories of our extensive collections. We are looking for people who are passionate about engaging with the public, and are keen to empower audiences to rethink traditional interpretations. Those with good communications skills are encouraged to apply.

This role does not include any out-of-pocket expenses.


About this Role

Further information is available in the more detailed Volunteer Role Description.

Informal enquiries should be directed to our Education and Outreach Coordinator:

William Jefferies
Tel.  01223 767044


What this role will entail:

Through pre-existing research and your own interests, you will help us explore the hidden histories of our collections, challenging historical interpretation and current perceptions by creating new and personal responses through your tour. This may be through the artefacts themselves or through the stories of individuals or groups involved in developing our collections. 

As a Bridging Binaries Volunteer Tour Guide, you will

  • Research tour content from pre-existing research material
  • Develop your own personal tour for the University Museum of Classical Archaeology
  • Run your own tours to the public, encouraging participants to engage with our collections in new ways 
  • Act as an ambassador for the museums and the University


Why get involved?

  • Gain a better understanding of collections within the Museum of Classical Archaeology
  • Develop skills in tour delivery and public speaking. 
  • Gain valuable experience that will enhance your CV and set you apart in the job market
  • Satisfaction of giving back
  • Gain cultural sector contacts, and new acquaintances within a supportive environment
  • Join a forum of volunteers running LGBTQ+ tours for the University of Cambridge Museums.


Why the Museum of Classical Archaeology needs this role:

Our Bridging Binaries tours at the Museum of Classical Archaeology first took place in 2018. They have been extremely popular and we are looking for more volunteer guides to join our team for 2023. 


Potential time commitment:

We ask for a minimum commitment to join us for 6 months (3 to 6 tours over this time period). Tours take place on Saturdays and Sunday.

Please note that all those interested in taking part will be required to attend the following:

One informal selection session on 1st April 2023 at 11:00am

A short practical training session on tour guiding for 2 hours, taking place on 15th April at 10:30.

Once you have developed your tour, we'll arrange a time for you to come in for a dress rehearsal (or two) to a friendly group of staff and volunteers. You will receive plenty of support throughout the process. Dates and times for your public tours will be arranged with our Volunteer Coordinator. 


How to Apply

We manage our volunteers through the UCM Volunteer Makers Platform. Registration take several steps:

  1. Please sign up for an account on Volunteer Makers.
  2. Please register your interest for the Bridging Binaries Volunteer Tour Guide at Museum Of Classical Archaeology Challenge.
  3. You will receive an email asking you to complete the final stage of registration. Please click on the link, where you will have the opportunity to tell us a little more about yourself and your interest in the role.


What happens next

William Jefferies, Museum Education and Outreach Coordinator, will then be in touch with further details. Successful applicants will then be formally accepted as volunteers. We will also contact your referees.

Every cast tells two stories.
One ancient. One modern.

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Sat (univ. term-time only): 2-5pm
Sun and Monday: Closed

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We are currently open on Saturdays until Saturday 11 March 2023 (inclusive).


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