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We have over 60 volunteers at present who freely devote many hours of their time to keeping the Museum running.

Are you interested in local history or keen to preserve Sherborne’s heritage? Would you like to learn conservation skills, carry out research or catalogue artefacts? Do you enjoy relating to the public or perhaps your talents lie in administration? Maybe you like organising funds-raising events? Do you have a couple of hours a week to spend with a friendly and dedicated team?

Why not join us?

We have a strong “Museums for All” ethic, which extends to our staff. We welcome you, whatever your age or level of ability and tasks can be tailored to suit your needs. We have several volunteers who are gaining confidence and experience before moving on to full-time employment. Although we are deemed to be a low-risk institution by the NSPCC, we have a robust Child Protection policy in place and a CRB check will be required if you will be in regular contact with children.

Front of House Team: The stewards represent the public face of the museum and are vitally important for creating a welcoming and helpful presence. They greet visitors; take money for souvenirs and gifts from our small shop; they answer the telephone and record enquiries. Regular stewards have a two-hour shift once a fortnight; you can also opt to be a reserve, filling in when the occasion demands.

Full training and health and safety awareness is given with a personal manual of instructions and a “buddy system” is in operation until you are confident. Doubling up can be arranged so that those who feel vulnerable working alone need not do so.

Research/Support Team: These volunteers work mainly in conservation, dusting, cleaning and storing artefacts using preservation-grade materials; they also put on exhibitions and window displays, carry out research for visitors’ enquiries or work on accessioning donated items. In-house training will be given, also the chance to attend free workshops on more specialised areas when available. It is possible to be both a steward and work in conservation - depending on how much time you have to give!

The workrooms upstairs are small and we currently have a full complement of staff for conservation of archives and textiles. There may be a small project you could be involved in or you can ask to be put on a waiting list to be contacted when a situation becomes vacant.

We also appreciate anyone prepared to work on administration - photocopying, addressing envelopes, updating computer records, sorting files - or anyone who is happy to do a little light carpentry or painting and decorating.

Most importantly, we work in a friendly and supportive “family” atmosphere - we have social events twice a year. In the spring we hold a “Getting to Know You” party with tea and cakes to greet any new volunteers, with a chance to look at the exhibitions. At Christmas, on the closing day of the season, there is a wine and mince pie get-together where we also invite friends and supporters; seemingly it gets larger every year!


Volunteer details and application form (PDF)

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