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Volunteer

Image: Story Museum staff and volunteers dressed as pirates

Wanted on voyage

We’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us deliver experiences that will delight our visitors, young and old, and develop our ideas and audiences for the future.

You’ll meet fascinating people, be part of some unique events and play an important role in helping The Story Museum come true – as well as gain some different skills and experience.

Download a Young Volunteer Application Form

Download a Volunteer Application Form

‘I can really recommend volunteering at The Story Museum. Great place, and lovely people.’ – volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities

Where possible we ask our volunteers to commit to a minimum of two sessions a month. We find a regular pattern of commitment provides the basis for an enjoyable and rewarding experience for the volunteers and the museum.

Exhibition Stewarding

This is where we need the most help: working alongside our permanent front of house team you will be responsible for ensuring our visitors get the most from their visit. This is achieved by making them feel welcome and ensuring the exhibits are kept presentable. This is a varied role – sometimes it can be extremely busy with loads of different events and you will be on your feet for the whole session, and other days it can be very quiet (perfect for having a sneaky go on the talking throne). Overall we are looking for enthusiasm and a willingness to get stuck in. The museum is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday during term time and seven days a week during holidays. This is a flexible role but we would be asking for you to commit to a minimum of two sessions per month when timing suits you.

Weekday School Visits

This role supports the Learning and Participation team during school visits. It involves helping the children interact with the exhibition, setting up for lunch times and ensuring the exhibition is reset once the groups are gone. This is a fantastic opportunity for people looking to gain some experience in teaching or who have experience working with groups of children. Please note that we are unable to use volunteers to lead the workshops but there may be some opportunity to observe. Due to the nature of school visits we would look for people to be available during the week with the expectation of doing a minimum of two sessions per month.

Evening Event Volunteers

The Story Museum often has events and venue hires in the evenings. In order for us to perfrom this role to the best of our ability we could really use some help. Your role will include offering food and drink, directing visitors to seats and generally ensuring the event runs smoothly with support from our staff members. This role is varied and challenging but hugely rewarding. We would be looking for someone that can commit to two sessions per month.

Backstage Volunteers

This role is best suited to those of you with secret crafting skills – if you like sewing, are handy with a glue gun, or enjoy large creative projects then we would love to have your skills to help maintain the museum and exhibitions. Tasks include maintaining the costumes, fixing minor wear and tear of the museum and contributing towards making the exhibitions. Commitment is flexible but we would love to have you come in for at least two sessions per month.

In addition, there is likely to be times where we need more help in this area at specific times, for instance when we are creating a new exhibition. If you are interested in helping out in these occasions please join our volunteer mailing list.

Kitchen Assistants

We sometimes need extra help in the café and kitchen – often on short notice or during the holidays. Due to the nature of the environment and the irregularity of our requirement it would be best suited to someone with previous café experience. Let us know if you are skilled up – or even a bit rusty! – and would like to help out. The café is open six days a week (Tuesday – Sunday) or seven days a week during holidays.

What do you need to do?

Complete a brief Volunteer application and e-mail it to Jessica Corfield

You will need to attend a training session (around 60-90 minutes) at which you’ll receive some basic training and learn about our current exhibition and activities.