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Brass Band Archive seeks volunteers

Wednesday 13 October, 2021

Volunteers are sought to help make the National Brass Band Archive accessible to the public ahead of its move to a new home in Huddersfield.

Brass Bands England (BBE) is looking for volunteers to support its two archivists ahead of the archive’s move to Heritage Quay, at the University of Huddersfield. Since spring 2021, a team has been working to list and catalogue the Brass Band Archive collection, currently based at the BBE offices in Barnsley, to prepare the collection for its move, supported by a team of volunteers. With their help the project has now listed the collection’s audio records, uniforms, trophies, instruments and other memorabilia, as well as reaching the point of listing more than 3,000 sets of music.

The full collection includes a total of approximately 9,000 sets of music.

The call for both on-site and remote volunteers is to help process the last part of the music collection and to assist with the movement of materials to Heritage Quay. In-person volunteers will work with the archive collections on-site at the BBE offices. Work will consist of listing the sheet music collection in an Excel spreadsheet and repackaging the materials into archival grade folders and boxes. Volunteers may help create content for BBE’s social media platforms by noting any distinguishing features about the materials they work with, thus raising the profile of the archive online. Remote-working volunteers can contribute their knowledge of brass banding history and/or research time to the project. They will assist with compiling accurate records of the sheet music collection by contributing information about composers and arrangers, music publication dates and other relevant information that might offer insights into the wider context of the collection. This information will also be recorded in an Excel spreadsheet, so some computer literacy will be an advantage for the remote roles.

All roles can be carried out flexibly depending on availability, although volunteers working at the BBE office will be required to work within typical office hours (ie 9am-5pm). Volunteers travelling to the office will have their travel expenses reimbursed.

Expanding the team has been made possible by the relaxation of rules around working during the pandemic, although all workplace rules will continue to be observed. The number of roles will be limited, depending on the availability of space to ensure that the workplace is COVID-secure in line with government guidance at all times. Full training will be provided.

Anyone interested should email one of the BBE archivists, Michaela ( or Fran (, outlining their interest in the project and any experience.

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