Transport museum keeps up drive for volunteers

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Following a recent recruitment drive, Grampian Transport Museum has welcomed a number of new volunteers - but there’s room for more!

The Donside museum is still looking for local people to volunteer for the roles of market intel officer, customer care assistants, junior driving school istructors, membership support and collections assistant.

GTM is an educational charity, which relies on volunteers to keep their engine running.

Curator Mike Ward said: “‘It is often noted that the GTM is a very active, popular museum that manages a very high rate of exhibition change each season. This is all achieved with a very small paid staff; in fact just two full time people and a further four ‘full time equivalents’ if the part time hours are added up.

‘‘The high output of the museum is due very largely to our amazing team of around 70 volunteers who are treated very much as staff. They are given a job title and role that they are happy with and fits their skills set.

‘‘Staff and volunteers work side by side in a totally integrated system. We celebrate success together regularly and ensure everyone’s contribution is valued and rewarded.”

One of the museum’s most recent recruits is Old Rayne resident Graham King, who has joined the team as a customer care assistant. Volunteers come from all backgrounds and age groups, and Graham is no exception, joining the GTM after 20 years’ service in the RAF and a more recent role as a tour guide at the Glen Garioch Distillery in Oldmeldrum.

He said: “For as long as I can remember I’ve had a real love of cars. When I retired I decided it was time to take on a new project and so I bought myself a Westfield sports car.

‘‘In my working career I’d always loved meeting new people and it’s these two things combined which got me interested in joining the team at the Grampian Transport Museum.”

Anyone interested in helping out can call 019755 62292.