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Volunteer at Sovereign Hill

Friends of Sovereign Hill

Costumed staff and volunteers provide life and colour in our streets, shops and workshops. 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.

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 at the entrance of Sovereign Hill and provide orientation tours for costumed school students. They also develop characters who bring life to hotel parlours and cottages as they showcase their specialist heritage skills.

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 Sovereign Hill staff and are integral to day-to-day life in the outdoor museum.

Please contact the Manager, Volunteer Programs on  (03) 5337 1156 or for more information about becoming a volunteer at Sovereign Hill.

Gold Museum Society

Gold Museum Society members assist with many activities, predominantly this work is in the areas of collections, archives and research.

Sovereign Hill relies on volunteers to help catalogue, index, transcribe, scan and research its extensive historical collections. Our 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 with the Gold Museum Society, please call the Volunteer Coordinator on (03) 5329 2319.

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