Volunteers sought for history project

Volunteers with an interest in local and family history are being sought to help people who are researching the past of their family or community.

Aberdeenshire Libraries, in conjunction with the Volunteer Centre Aberdeenshire, are looking for volunteers to be based in Inverurie library.

Full training will be given for people who want to get involved and work with library staff to provide extra services to history enthusiasts.

Roles will include helping and advising people who are doing family history research; researching local history topics and creating displays to showcase the local history resources available within the library service.

Part of the role of volunteers will also be to build on existing partnerships with local heritage societies.

No previous experience is necessary, but an enthusiasm for family and/or community history is essential.

Volunteers will usually be asked to work no more than two hours at a time. Timings will be flexible and could include evenings or weekends, for volunteers who work during the day.

There is no length of commitment, but, because training is being provided, it is hoped that volunteers will be able to take part for at least six months.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Cllr Isobel Davidson, said: “It is important that local people have access to information about their own history and that of their community. It is one of the best ways to make sure that a community’s identity is not lost or forgotten.”

Committee vice-chair, Cllr Ron McKail, said: “I would encourage anyone in the local area with an interest in history to get involved in the project.”

Anybody interested in getting involved can get more information or an application form from Inverurie Library on (01467) 621619. Information is also available on the Volunteer Centre Aberdeenshire website www.vcaberdeenshire.org.uk.