Volunteer Stories - Julia and Graham

Posted on by Anita O'Donovan

In the run-up to our volunteer open day on 18th May, we're going to be sharing stories of our current and past volunteers, and what the experience has meant to them. Today, we're hearing from married couple Julia and Graham Chalkley, who are two of our current volunteers here at the Museum. 

Ok, so you’ve retired or are looking forward to spending more time together.

Just like us.

You might have lots of shared interests and you also might have some that are totally different.

Just like us.

We both have an interest in history and sharing that interest with others.

For me, it links to sharing that story with children and families. Growing minds that enquire and enthuse and see museums as places to explore and find things out.

For Graham, it’s about the ‘nuts and bolts’ of how a colliery functioned and putting things back into working order to see the awesome way things work.

Luckily, with Graham’s working life being partly in mining and with our Dad’s and brother’s working in the coal industry too, we found a natural, shared interest in NCMME. There’s so many different things to get involved in and lots of people who are keen to see what you can do to help share the story of coal mining with our wonderful visitors.

We love volunteering at NCMME and even though we are usually apart, at different ends of the site, at the end of the day we can share our day… together.

If, like Julia and Graham, you're keen to spend your free time helping out here at the Museum, then come along to our volunteer open day on 18th May from 10am - 2pm and learn about some of the volunteer roles that we offer, including roles as a nature volunteer, a family volunteer and a heritage volunteer. For more details, see https://www.ncm.org.uk/whats-on/volunteer-open-day 



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