Volunteers as Hosts and Guests in Museums

University of Technology, Sydney
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Conference Proceeding
CAUTHE: Proceedings of 17th Annual Conference: Past Achievements, Future Challenges, 2007, pp. 1 - 9
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This paper proposes two arguments: one, that volunteering in museums can be considered an extension of visiting; and two, museum volunteers act as both hosts and guests. Volunteers are an extremely important resource to museums worldwide. In addition, there is a clear link between volunteer motivation and the reasons that people give for visiting a museum. This paper argues that museums volunteers are a part of the museum's audience, forming a link between more conventional visitors and paid staff. They are both hosts and guests at the same time.
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