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Volunteer at Sovereign Hill

Friends of Sovereign Hill

Costumed staff provide life and colour in our streets, shops and factories. Our costumed volunteers or Friends of Sovereign Hill (FOSH) are ‘residents’ of the township and diggings, interacting with visitors to enrich their Sovereign Hill experience.

The FOSH also benefit as they develop their skills or learn different ones. They make new friends in a community working to interpret our heritage and they meet people from across the world.

Our ‘Friends’ support Sovereign Hill's interpretive activity through 'hands-on' activities using 19th century domestic and industrial technology. They demonstrate gold panning, horse care, flag making, scrimshaw, gardening and sewing.

'FOSH' are important in greeting visitors in the Entrance and provide orientation tours for costumed school students. They also develop characters who bring life to hotel parlours and cottages as they demonstrate their expertise in specialist areas.

Costumed FOSH represent Sovereign Hill at off-site promotional activities and participate in filming and photographic shoots. In so many ways, they complement the work of the staff and are integral to life at Sovereign Hill.

Please contact the FOSH Coordinator on (03) 5337 1166 for more information about becoming a volunteer at Sovereign Hill.

Gold Museum Society

Gold Museum Society members assist with many activities. Some work with visitors in the galleries, while others contribute in archival and research areas.

Interested volunteers undertake training to conduct the guided tours presented daily to ensure visitors have the best possible experience.

Volunteers present a ‘touch trolley’ of mysterious collection items. Visitors can handle them and discuss their origin and use with the volunteer. For children and younger people, this can be a great guessing game while, for older folk, it can be a nostalgic trip through a bygone time.

Behind-the-scenes, the Museum relies on volunteers to help catalogue, index, transcribe, scan and research its extensive historical collections. ‘Backroom’ volunteers use existing skills and develop new ones, with all training provided.

Members attend for an agreed number of hours on a rostered basis. They receive a monthly newsletter and enjoy meetings with guest speakers. There are also regular excursions to other collecting institutions and places of historical interest. 

For more information about becoming a volunteer at the Gold Museum, please call the Volunteer Coordinator at the Gold Museum on (03) 5329 2319.

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