Volunteer Position: Research Team

Hand drawing floorplan with white pencil on blackboard. Words "Lakeshore Teachers' College" appear above.

Do you have a curiosity for ​local history? Are you resourceful? Like a good puzzle. Research may be for you! 

The Interpretive Centre has multiple opportunities for volunteers to assist in building the collection and knowledge of our local histories. Research is largely project-based and will contribute to informing digital resources, exhibits, events, tours, and collection development. 

All research is currently being conducted online; research visits to archives, libraries, or other collections are currently on hold. 

Current opportunities:

Film History Project

We keep a list of all the TV and movie projects that have filmed on the Lakeshore Grounds - but with all the filming, our list is regularly out of date! Volunteers can select a single film/TV show to add to our public database or can add several. Titles will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. 


Hospital History Project

1. Newspaper search - We've been searching the Toronto Star and Globe & Mail archives for articles related to the history of the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital to create a database. It's a continually growing project that always needs some extra hands. All you need is a Toronto Public Library card (all Humber students are eligible) and we'll walk you through how to search the records! 

2. Decade research - The Hospital History Project shares the history of the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital decade by decade. It's been slow growing and we always need help. Contribute to reading or writing content for a decade or more.  


Teachers' College Project

This is a brand new project that we're currently writing a grant for based on the history of the Lakeshore Teachers' College (the original occupant of A Building on Humber's Lakeshore campus). At this stage, we're looking for people to help us conduct web research on the history of the LTC and Ontario's Teachers' College system. As we move through the fall semester and into winter, this project will migrate into the creation of a web-based exhibit.

Commitment Levels

Volunteers interested in assisting in research projects can discuss commitments based on interest and availability. Preference is towards individuals available to commit to set hours over the course of a semester. 

Skills Required

  • An interest and enthusiasm for local history, culture, and storytelling;

  • Excellent communication and writing skills; 

  • Reliable and organized;

  • Respect, patience, and courtesy with all staff and fellow volunteers;

  • Research experience (or previous museum / gallery experience) an asset.  


Volunteers will receive project-specific training. One-on-one support from the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre staff is always available.


Email us at  info@lakeshoregrounds.ca

Please include:

  • Why you want to volunteer with the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre

  • Any prior experience or opportunities you have had related to the position description