Volunteering Opportunities

The Warner Textile Archive is seeking student volunteers to apply for The Costume Society Museum Placement Award

The Warner Textile Archive is a rich design resource documenting the successes and innovation of Warner & Sons from the late 1800s. Based in Braintree, Essex the Collection comprises stunning textiles and inspirational paper designs, as well as original printing blocks, photographs and other documentary material. The student Volunteer would be assisting the Archivist, Hannah Auerbach George with the day to day management of the Archive Collection. Duties will include: documenting incoming donations and existing parts of the Collection, assisting with cataloguing, organising storage, answering enquiries, locating items for researchers, assisting with open days, public displays and exhibitions. We are currently seeking expressions of interest from current UK students.

The purpose of this Award is to fund a student volunteer working on a dress-related project in a public museum collection in the United Kingdom. An award of up to £1000 will be offered to the student volunteer applying jointly with an appropriate Museum. For 2018, two Awards of £1000 have been offered. If you are interested in applying jointly with the Warner Textile Archive please contact with the details of your current course and what you hope to gain from the internship.


Applications will be made by the curator of The Warner Textile Archive who will supervise the volunteer, within the following Award criteria:

  1. The volunteer should be a student (minimum 2nd year) or graduate of an appropriate UK university course, such as dress/fashion history, museum studies, fashion design, theatre costume design, history, social history, art history.
  2. The award will be paid to the volunteer in two instalments. The first payment will be made two weeks after the start of the project, upon notification from the supervisor that the work is progressing as planned. The second payment will be made one month later, upon receipt of a progress report from the supervisor.
  3. The application deadline is 30 April with the expectation that the work will be carried out sometime during the following summer between June and September. However, the project can be carried out at any time of the year so long as the grant is used within 12 months of being awarded.  Notification of the winner will be on 31 May or before.
  4. The supervising curator and the volunteer shall each submit a report of between 250 and 500 words when the work is completed and these may be included in the Society’s publications if appropriate.
Work Experience

We currently do not have any opportunities for work experience at the Warner Textile Archive.

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