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Jet Age Restoration Workshop volunteers

The Jet Age Museum celebrates Gloucestershire’s rich aviation heritage from the early days of flight, through the birth of the Jet Age to the present day. It is staffed and run entirely by volunteers and is a great team to join. We have an extensive selection of exhibit planes, plane parts and associated objects including the Meteor (the first British Jet Fighter plane) and a Gloster Javelin. Two of our current restoration projects include rebuilding an RAF Gladiator biplane which crashed in Norway in 1940 and a World War Two Gloster-built Hawker Typhoon.

As you can imagine we need a good team of volunteers with the necessary skills in our restoration workshop to maintain and rebuild our planes. The more volunteers we have in this area, the more planes we can put out on display!

What's involved?

Jet Age Museum Restoration Workshop opens 9.30am – 4.30pm  Wednesdays and Saturdays The workshop is open other days on an as-required basis.

Volunteers are expected to attend at least one full day per week.

Our restoration workshop volunteers do a variety of restoration tasks. Sometimes they are involved in full rebuilds of plans or sections of planes, other times they may be making faithful replicas or making missing parts to rebuild up semi-complete aircraft. Where pieces cannot be made on site our volunteers are involved with liaising with outside bodies and people to make sure that they produce the pieces that we need that are fully up to spec. Our volunteers also undertake maintenance and conservation tasks to ensure that our exhibits stay in tip top condition.

Realistically to achieve this our restoration workshop volunteers need a strong engineering or mechanical background preferably in aircraft, although we do recognise that there are plenty of transferable skills from other discipline areas. No volunteer will be familiar with everything we have and we work very much as a team, learning off each other and sharing skills and knowledge to get the job done.

We need our restoration workshop volunteers to be aged at least 18 years. We also can’t accommodate mobility impaired volunteers on the shop floor, but there are other volunteering challenges such as display hall guides which would be suitable.

If you’d like any more information without making a commitment then please do not hesitate to contact our volunteer co-ordinator Ralph Light on volunteer.coord@jetagemuseum.org

Why get involved?

Volunteering in our restoration workshop is a great opportunity to practice your practical engineering and mechanical skills on a scale that is just not possible in a home garage or workshop. You’ll have the thrill of knowing that thousands of visitors will get to see and admire your handiwork and that you are doing your bit to preserve and tell the story of Gloucestershire’s great aviation past. You’ll get to share your skills and knowledge with others in the workshop, as well as learn new things yourself.

 

The restoration workshop is a very sociable place as you are surrounded by others that share and enjoy your passion (and know what you are on about when you talk technical!) You’ll also be amongst the first people to find out about new exhibitions, events and activities that are being planned at the museum and be part of them.

How to get involved?

  1. Sign into your account or sign up to Volunteer Makers.
  2. Accept the challenge
  3. Await a response from the Jet Age Museum with more information. 

Ideal Skills

  • Conservation
  • Construction
  • Design & Illustration
  • Maintenance and Repair
  • Project Management
  • Research
  • Working independently
  • Test skill

Ideal Interests

  • Commercial Development
  • Community Work
  • Conservation
  • Design
  • Event & Project Management
  • Curatorial/Working with Museum Collection

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