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Volunteers provide invaluable support for The Argyll Papers archivist and researchers wishing to use the archive.

You don’t need any specialist skills or experience, just interest, enthusiasm and attention to detail. However, if you do have special interests or expertise, please let us know and we will try and find a job to suit!

If you are interested in volunteering please let us know when you complete your Membership Form. As the archive has limited space, you may not be able to begin volunteering straight away, however, some jobs can be done from home, so please let us know if this would be of interest. Once signed up, all Volunteers are trained and supervised by the Argyll Papers Archivist.

Volunteers don’t need to be members – if you would like to find out more about volunteering without membership, please get in touch by e-mail, with a little information about you and your areas of interest or expertise.

Current Volunteer Projects

The Argyll Papers Volunteers are working on a variety of interesting projects – read more about them below.

Diarmid Campbell

is cataloguing the papers of the Campbell of Southall family, based near Colintraive.  A wonderfully diverse collection of letters and papers dating from the eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries and with five wonderful albums of photographs.

Duncan Beaton

is cataloguing the papers relating to the management of the Argyll estates around Dollar and Clackmannanshire – known as the Lordship of Campbell. This is another wonderful collection and includes documents dating back to the sixteenth century – some possibly earlier. These papers have been randomly preserved in the bundles series – now they will be brought together in one collection and listed in detail.

Murdo MacDonald

is cataloguing the Argyll Synod papers – petitions, letters and miscellaneous papers relating to the development of the church in Argyll from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Ronnie Black

is cataloguing The Dewar Manuscripts, one of Scotland’s most important collections of Gaelic folklore and historic tales. This is a long-term job which will open up the collection to scholarly research and lay the foundations for future projects to make the collection available to a wider audience.