Volunteering at the BMI
When you become a volunteer at the BMI you are entering into a world that reaches into the very history of Ballarat. The Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute has always provided a range of social services to the City of Ballarat and its citizens. However as it receives no external funding for its recurrent operation it needs the support of volunteers in order to continue 150 years of history. As a volunteer you are joining a team of committed like-minded people who participate in a range of activities including fund-raising, archiving, maintenance, cataloguing, tours and event management.
The Institute has many historical resources. Heritage Victoria has registered the historical collection of books, journals, photographs, maps and plans as being a unique collection of nineteenth and early twentieth century literature which provides a window into the social values and culture of that period. The collection has to be digitally catalogued with a written descriptions of the items in the collection. If you feel that this is an area that interests you, whether or not you have prior experience or skills in these areas, please give us a ring.
The Friends of Minerva
The Friends of Minerva is a key group whose main objective is to raise funds for the BMI. Members organise activities such as high-quality musical events, film nights, concerts, dinners and other interesting and stimulating events, which are both social and importantly, raise funds for the Institute. If you would like more information on how you can join Friends of Minerva, contact the Secretary, Geraldine Roberts on Geraldine Roberts on 0418302999.