V Factor

From visitor to volunteer

V Factor

V Factor is your chance to work alongside Museum scientists and help work on our renowned specimen collections, taking you from visitor to proactive volunteer.

Please note: we have now filled our V Factor vacancies for the year-long diatoms project.

V Factor supports Museum collection-based projects across our specialist science departments.

Cocoon from below

Darwin Centre Cocoon

The current project is assisting our botanists to database, search and link information from Thomas Combers' diatom collection of slides, bottles, notes and drawings.

V Factor volunteers are based in the Specimen Preparation Area of the state-of-the-art Darwin Centre Cocoon.  

Volunteers help us to improve access to the collections and improve standards in collections care and storage. It is a unique and fun learning experience and participants receive a certificate at the end of their 10-week placement.

V Factor and diatom research

V Factor volunteers are helping to collate Thomas Combers' diatom collection, from slides and bottles to notes and drawings. This data will be used to create an all-in-one, online scientific resource for public study and research.

More about the diatoms project
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