The Otago Goldfields Heritage Trust aims to develop, represent and promote the historical sites, trails and events of Otago.
Projects they run include the Otago Goldfields Heritage Trail (provide a year-round attraction for people to appreciate the golden heritage of the Otago region) and the annual Cavalcade. Towns along the Heritage Trail take turns at hosting this annual celebration. Cavalcades of people on foot, horseback or in horse-drawn wagons, converge on the host town.
Central Otago is one of the last area's in NZ NOT to have their heritage resources reviewed. In this time of unprecedented growth in our region, and with the up-swell of interest in heritage in general, the time is right now for a full Heritage Sites Review.
Volunteers are needed to update http://archsite.org.nz/ with current information for all known sites (most not re-visited since the 60's or 70s's!) and to upload new sites we discover through this process. In addition, the other aim is to have a database with all useful (additional to ArchSite) information on each site. This is important for the Archaeologist leading the site reviews, future academic research and local council district plan.
Volunteers will be trained in how to add data to our Heritage Sites Database. They will be given a template about what information to search for and what internet sites and search engines to search in.
Volunteers will be treated as part of the Heritage Sites Review Team having weekly contact with Terry Davis of the OGHT and possibly Shar Briden lead archaeologist. We are always just a phone call or email away. From time to time we will meet in person and go out for lunch at the Trust's expense!
This role can be done online from the comfort of your own home but you also welcome to come into the office in Cromwell and work on a spare office computer - that would be fine.
Experience that will be gained is:
Volunteers interested in this role need to be internet savvy, able to search topics, copy and paste text and links. They will also need to have their own computer/laptop and access to the internet.
The role is very flexible. Volunteers can do a few hours a week as they feel inclined, to move through the list of sites and complete an internet search for details on the site. We do have some priority area's we would like researched first. But there is plenty of scope for people to focus research on area's that they are particularly interested in.
There are several thousands of sites to research. We do not expect one or two volunteers to do it all! We expect the full project (including physical site visits) to take 5 years.
The ideal commitment for this role a few hours per week for 1-2 years.
The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.