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Trustee vacancies

As we prepare to launch the transformed Story Museum, we are expanding all levels of the organisation. including the Board. to ensure we take full flight in 2020. To add to the talent and dedication of our existing Trustees, we are recruiting two new Board members with a particular emphasis on learning and social impact, and on creative practice. The successful candidate for each post will bring extensive skills, insight and personal authority derived from professional experience in the relevant sector, as well as a deep appreciation of the role of creativity in learning and social impact. A love of stories in all forms and an empathy with the vision and values of the Story Museum is essential, as is a much thumbed notebook/tablet where you store all your best-but-as-yet-unrealised-ideas about how to enrich lives, especially young lives, through stories: we want to hear them!

These roles are voluntary with an expected time commitment of 6-12 days per year. Download a full job description to find out more and for details of how to apply. Closing date for applications: 12 noon, Friday 15 February 2019

Trustee (Creative Practitioner) Recruitment Pack

Trustee (Learning & Social Impact) Recruitment Pack


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 Young Volunteer Application Form 

Download Volunteer Application Form


We’re also looking for some specific volunteer help in the following areas:

Finance Volunteer, Sept 2018

The Story Museum’s finance team are looking for someone to help with some basic admin tasks. The ideal person will have some finance background, plus knowledge of Sage Professional or other accounts software, we will not be able to train from scratch but will train to use our software. We would like this person to volunteer once a week for a few hours (we can be flexible with when, but it does need to be in working hours) to support us with the following:

  • Entering BACS payments on Sage and matching to purchase invoices.
  • Entering petty cash and store card transactions.
  • Entering cross-charging transactions for room hire catering, board expenses etc.
  • Entering straightforward purchase invoices on Sage.
  • Chasing existing purchase orders to ensure suppliers have submitted invoices.
  • Keeping purchase order forms up to date.
  • Filing daily takings sheets, purchase invoices etc.

To apply

Download and complete the Volunteer Application form above, checking the box ‘Office’, and provide two referees. Please then email this to Jessica Corfield, Volunteer Coordinator


Community Engagement Volunteers

Do you have a love of stories that you’d like to share with the world. We are looking for volunteers who can work flexibly in various jobs with a Community Engagement focus. These roles will change week on week, and include the following

  • Supporting the Museum’s peripatetic work in the Pumpkin Tent, which will appear in various community settings and schools.
  • Helping the Museum’s on-site events, like our theatre residency in October, The Day I fell Into a Book, and our Christmas Show, Wish.
  • Looking after our FREE drop in activity The Changing Room, including getting dressed up and encouraging people to use our magical Talking Throne. On Saturdays in term-time and open during school holidays.
  • Optional: Becoming a Volunteer Reader, and going to communities to read aloud to children of various ages.
  • Optional: helping in the Story Café
  • Optional: helping with our Early Years events on weekday mornings
  • And more!

No experience required except enthusiasm, a friendly attitude and the willingness to get involved in The Story Museum’s mission to share stories with all.

To apply

Please download and complete the Volunteer Application form above and send it to Jessica Corfield, Volunteer Coordinator


Comic Club Volunteers

Do you have a love of comics and drawing? Want to get involved with helping young people develop their comic-making skills?

We are looking for volunteers who can commit to the first Saturday of every month to support Neill Cameron’s Comic Club and Comic Club+

Volunteers need to be available from 10.30 – 15.00 on the first Saturday of every month. The role would include helping the artist with the running of the event, supporting the attendees in their projects and working with the other volunteers and Front of House to ensure the session goes ahead without a hitch.

If you are interested please download and fill in the application form at the top of the page referring to Comic Club in your application. No experience is required, just a love for stories, comics and art of all kinds. Volunteers for this role must supply two references and will be subject to a DBS check before commencing.

If you have any queries or would like a fuller role description please email: jessica.corfield@storymuseum.org.uk


Extreme Reading Volunteers

As an Extreme Reading Adventures volunteer, you will be supporting the delivery of the Extreme Reading Adventures project.

Extreme Reading Adventures is now in its 5th year. This Spring we are working with a group of 8 partner schools to identify a group of around 20 children aged 8-12, whom the schools have identified as failing to make the expected progress in their reading. Over six sessions the children will explore six books, each with a related ‘adventure’ activity. The programme is designed to help children make emotional connections with reading and to stimulate their desire to read, encouraging them to start reading for pleasure and thereby improving their literacy skills. Feedback from both parents and teachers has been very positive and we are very fortunate to have secured funding to run this scheme as a free activity for those taking part.

You will be assisting with each session, especially through interacting with the children and encouraging their participation. You may also be serving refreshments and reading to small groups. You will also be accompanying taxi pick-ups for children who have requested transport; this means you will be asking parents/carers to sign off the pick-up and collection of the students.

To apply for this role please fill in an application form from the top of the page and email it to Jessica.Corfield@storymuseum.org.uk. Volunteers will need to be available on the following dates: Saturday 23 March, Saturday 30 March, Saturday 27 April, Saturday 4 May, Saturday 11 May, Saturday 18 May.

As this role includes working with children you must submit two references as part of your application, and you will be required to do a DBS check before commencing the post. For any further information please email: Jessica.Corfield@storymuseum.org.uk

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