Senior volunteer project in the Museum of Fine Arts
The Museum of Fine Arts and the Manchester Museum are working together to realise a senior volunteer project entitled "Involving extreme age groups as museum volunteers" within the framework of the European Union's Lifelong Learning Programme between August 2009 and July 2011.
In the course of the two-year cooperation the museums organise 3 three-week exchange trips involving six volunteers over 50 years of age from Budapest and Manchester respectively. The first trips took place between March and November 2010 in the course of which volunteers could get acquainted with the structure of the receiving organization's volunteer programme, provide help at the information desk, at the Hands on! table and in the administrative work.
Extract from the reports of the volunteers of the Museum of Fine Arts:
"This has been a useful and worthwhile experience; I have learnt new skills and met new people. I have been enriched in many ways!" – Mrs Ági Szabó
"I have learnt a lot of things that will help in the future in my volunteer work. I hope I will be able to apply them at our new handling table. I feel very lucky to have taken part in this programme." – Mrs Andrea Moór
The volunteers from Manchester said the following (in reference to the time spent in the Museum of Fine Arts):
"The trip was uplifting and life-enhancing, fun and interesting! Please keep doing it! Elder people have a lot to give and sometimes feel that they have missed out, that everything is aimed at the young." – Collette Handley
"My experience of this project has been very positive and I think it is a very good way of enhancing both volunteering and personal life for people like myself. I have gathered some ideas from the operation of the volunteer programme which I think will be useful back at home, e.g. highlights tours guided by volunteers, volunteer magazine." – Margaret Wells
In September 2010 the Hands on! programme was launched at the Museum of Fine Arts as a result of the Grundtvig project, offering visitors the opportunity to handle original artefacts thousands of years old, with the museum's trained guides sharing their knowledge of Egyptian culture.