Our Volunteers

Involving the community

Volunteering is essential for achieving our goal of digitising and cataloguing technical shipbuilding drawings from the archive of Cook, Welton & Gemmell , and we want to create an intergenerational partnership of volunteers from the community to help us achieve that goal.


There are hundreds of detailed plans in the Cook, Welton and Gemmell archive, and in order to make these identifiable and accessible to users of East Riding Archives our volunteers need to help us sort through this material and methodically describe them so that we can add these descriptions to our catalogue database.

Catraloguing the Cook, Welton & Gemmell

We’ve been recruiting a highly capable crew of enthusiastic and passionate volunteers, some with experience of the maritime and fishing industries.

Why don’t you join us and Get Involved as well.


The detailed plans in the Cook, Welton and Gemmell archive are extremely long (900mm on average).  This presents a technical challenge when attempting to capture high quality digital images of these plans so that the information can be made more widely accessible and also help preserve the original plans themselves.

Capturing original ships plans into digital format

Our volunteers are stepping up to the plate and using their existing IT skills to achieve the task, whilst also developing new skills in the process.  We’re pleased that young people have been volunteering and want to use this to enhance their CV and gain valuable work experience.

If you want to join in the challenge, you can Get Involved.