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

There are often opportunities to volunteer in person in the archive cleaning and re-packaging documents, sorting and listing them or creating digital images. It is also possible to volunteer remotely – creating a transcript of a document from a digital image.  You don’t always need any specialist skills or experience; interest, enthusiasm and attention to detail go a long way and we can always provide specific training. If you do have particular skills or expertise, however, please let us know and we will try make use of them.   

We also need volunteers to support the administration of the Friends, in particular social media and website experts, fund-raisers and administrative expertise.

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 in-person or remote volunteering straight away, but we will add your name to the waiting list and involve you as soon as possible.

Volunteers also benefit from a discount in the Castle tea-shop and shop, and enjoy a free family visit to the Castle each season as well as invitations to any special events organised by the Friends.  As a volunteering Friend, you will also have direct access to the archives or images of it, will be offered relevant training and support from the archivist, and will be joining a friendly and mutually supportive team. Most importantly, you will know that you are making a positive contribution to the development of the archive.

We need volunteers for:

  • Collection care (cleaning, re-packaging, etc)
  • Cataloguing
  • Transcribing
  • Research
  • Publicity and promotion including social media
  • Photography/Digitisation
  • Oral history research
  • Fundraising and administration

If you have any questions about volunteering with the Argyll Papers, please do not hesitate to email archives@inveraray-castle.com 

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Friends of the Argyll Papers is a Scottish Charity SC045835