May Day ‘Temple Friends’ Placement Projects & Volunteering Workshop

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Date(s) - 01/05/2024
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Temple of Peace and Health


May Day ‘Temple Friends’ Placement Projects & Volunteering Workshop – REGISTER HERE

Supported and enabled by OHOS, Our Heritage, Our Stories – will include a talk on the ‘big ambition’ to integrate local archives into National Collections through harnessing power of AI and communities (the sort of professional knowledge insights you won’t get through Youtube!) 

This will be a open afternon with 3 components, the core session being the participatory workshop for all from 14.00-16.30 (below); with the options to also join a Temple Tour beforehand, and / or the ‘Temple Friends‘ discussion afterwards. We hope this bring together, be of interest and enjoyment to:

  • Students starting work experience ‘Insights’ placement projects through Cardiff University over May-June, for which this will be ‘induction day’.
  • Supporters of the ‘Temple Friends’ Network keen to be help, shape and be involved in delivery of onsite activities and improvements to the Temple and Peace Garden
  • General volunteer and research enquiries, who would like to use the archives or pop in on a more casual basis to help when they can with week to week tasks.

12.30-14.00 Lunchtime Temple Tour

to include the Garden of Peace (not usually included in lunchtime tours, this will be an experimental ‘trial tour’ integrating the newly-developed peace garden memorials trail). Register here for Temple Tour



14.00 – 16.30 Temple Friends Volunteering & Archives Workshop

REGISTER HERE (Volunteering Workshop)

An induction briefing and 121 / group planning session for all individuals who have expressed an interest in volunteering, undertaking archives research, heritage or other onsite projects at the Temple of Peace, this will include:

  • Peace Archives: An introduction and overview of the Temple Library, archives and collections, hidden histories recently uncovered – and new histories yet unexplored.
  • Towards A ‘National Collection’: short talk from ‘Our Heritage, Our Stories’, who are funding WCIA’s volunteer archiveathons over May to July 2023, to hear about their project’s ‘big aim’ – to integrate local digitised archives into national (Wales and UK) online collections for future generations, 50-100 years hence, through harnessing the power of artificial intelligence – and local communities.
  • ‘Archiveathon’: introduction to new digitisation projects on Temple Archives & Collections, that volunteers and Temple Friends can help with over May-July 2024. Participants can have a go straight away, at digitising as yet unexplored materials.
  • Project Planning 121s: For Temple Friends, volunteers and student placements interested in leading work on specific volunteering projects over May-June 2023, there will be the opportunity for individual 121 planning and mentoring discussions with WCIA Heritage and Volunteering staff, to finalise detailed plans for following weeks.

Explore WCIA’s Temple Heritage, Archives and Onsite volunteering opportunities, blogs / testimonials from previous placements, and examples of the work they have produced.

Summer 2023 Archiveathon Placements explore possible projects at last year’s Induction Workshop

17.00-18.00 Temple Friends Discussion

Temple Friends homepage

Hybrid meeting in Room 39 and online (for those who wish to join remotely), this will be an opportunity to discuss:

  • to what degree various Temple volunteering projects might come together under the banner of Temple Friends
  • how individual Temple Friends can help, eg through becoming project leaders – supporting and helping younger volunteers in piecing together bigger ambitions (such as on  the Peace Garden)
  • upcoming Events of interest
  • communications tools and preferences.

Register here to join the Volunteering & Archives Workshop; if you would like to join the Temple Friends discussion remotely, please email by Tuesday 31 April, so we can forward joining details.

Weekly ‘Worldly Wednesdays’

Following on from the Mayday workshop, over May and June the Temple Library and Archives will be open for volunteering projects support and research ‘drop in sessions’ every Wednesday afternoon from 2-5pm.

These will available shortly to register via Eventbrite by mid-April.

These will be complemented by monthly lunchtime Temple Tours on:

Soka Gakkai International supporters donated a Peace Collection to the Temple Library in Summer 2023. Over 2024 volunteers will be developing work on this collection among many others.