Museum of Computing bags award – thanks to volunteers!

The Museum of Computing's volunteers are always "game" for a laugh (pic Museum of Computing)
The Museum of Computing’s volunteers are always “game” for a laugh (pic Museum of Computing)

Mixing education and fun, the popular volunteer-run Museum of Computing in Swindon, England is a relaxed and friendly place for all involved.

But that’s not just the proud staff of the museum talking – reviews back this up and are the reason why the museum, based in Theatre Square, has just been awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence Award 2015.

And what better way to celebrate national Volunteers’ Week, an annual event which takes place on 1-7 June and celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK?

Curator Simon Webb, of the Museum of Computing, proudly shows off their Certificate of Excellence (pic Museum of Computing)
Curator Simon Webb, of the Museum of Computing, proudly shows off their Certificate of Excellence (pic Museum of Computing)

Museum Curator, Simon Webb, says, “It helps that our volunteer team is a pretty diverse bunch. From college students to the retired, and from all corners of the globe, it’s great how our enthusiasm for all this cool stuff brings us together. Besides, we reckon we have more fun than the average museum!”

Volunteers are partial to a bit of Pacmania but aren't spooked by hard work either! (pic Museum of Computing)
Volunteers are partial to a bit of Pacmania but aren’t spooked by hard work either! (pic Museum of Computing)

And if you like the sound of joining their happy band of volunteers, why not get in touch?  The museum especially needs people who can help organise events, work at the front desk on Fridays, or be assistant volunteer co-ordinators.

As a volunteer, you can do normal museum work, from greeting visitors to setting up exhibitions, you could also dress up as a game character for events, play with Lego, Papercraft (like Minecraft but with scissors) and compete at retro video games with visitors, but only if you want as there’s no pressure.

Museum of Computing volunteers get up close and pixellated with Mario (pic Museum of Computing)
Museum of Computing volunteers get up close and pixellated with Mario (pic Museum of Computing)

As for the many visitors to the museum, few can resist getting hands-on in the ‘Pong to PlayStation’ gallery with three decades of gaming to enjoy.

For inspiration, active displays bring alive the story of computing together with artefacts ranging from pioneering pre-70s machines, to nostalgic home computers from the 80s and 90s plus hand-held toys, robots, calculators and other fascinating stuff.

The Museum of Computing offers a great escape from wet weather, and shopping, in Swindon’s town centre.  It is open on Fridays from 10am until 4pm and on Saturdays from 9.30am until 5pm.

For more details of the museum, check out their website: www.museumofcomputing.org.uk

And to find out about volunteering there,  email: nora@museumofcomputing.org.uk or call 07834 375628.

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