The Ouseburn Trust is eager to digitise a number of historic maps used to enhance guided walks, talks and other educational resources. This will build on digital data already available and the software to undertake the project is in place.   

The role will involve
  • The volunteer will be provided with historic maps to be incorporated into the growing digital data sets already available. To achieve this, they will work with the imaging software Corel Draw version 6 available on a PC in the Trust offices. The process will require accuracy, patience, good computer hand skills and an eye for detail.
  • They may also prepare bespoke maps on behalf of researchers, those giving walks and talks on behalf of the Trust and special interest groups.
  • Our volunteers develop new skills, gain confidence and find they learn to appreciate the local area in a different way.
 Volunteers will need:
  • An interest in local history.
  • To be IT literate and comfortable learning new software.
  • Commitment to enter data accurately.
  • Good spatial awareness, colour recognition and computer drawing skills.
  • A working knowledge of the Ouseburn/Byker area.
  • The capacity to make a medium–long term commitment to the project
Training provided

Experienced volunteers, trustees or staff will train new volunteers to:

  • use Corel Draw software
  • search for additional maps to add to the body of data

They continue to support new volunteers until they are confident to work on their own.

Time required

One or more sessions a week (morning or afternoon) for a minimum of six months. As there is only one computer available with the relevant software it is helpful to reserve a regular session.


What to do next

Send an email to [email protected] briefly explaining your interest in the project and your time availability. You will be invited to an introduction to the project and informal meeting to see if it is a good match for both you and the Trust.