Get Involved

Whittlesey Museum relies on volunteers in every aspect of museum life.

If you are interested in supporting local heritage by volunteering at Whittlesey, you might like to consider joining us in one of the following roles.

IMG_8391Stewards

Museum stewards greet visitors, take in admission fees and give helpful information and directions around the museum if required. As the public face of the museum, this volunteer role is suitable for friendly adults of any age.

Stewards usually volunteer for one two-hour session every month, on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Sessions are allocated on a rota system with individual availability taken into account. Stewards are never left alone in the museum, stewarding is usually done in pairs.

If you think that you might like to volunteer as a steward, please contact the Curator Jennifer Barback by sending an email to whittleseymuseum@gmail.com or pop into the museum and leave your name and telephone number for us to get back to you.

Volunteers in clock shedWork Team

The volunteer work team meets on Wednesday mornings between 9am and 12.30pm to do odd jobs and maintenance around the museum.

There are many different things to be done on Wednesdays so you are very likely to find something that you would enjoy! Practical skills in painting, DIY, photography and cleaning are all highly valued, but there is also plenty of administrative work to be done with the collections and working with the computerised database of object records.

We will always be able to find you something useful to get on with, but if there is a particular volunteer project that you would like to carry out on behalf of the museum please speak to the Curator and we will usually do our best to help you make it happen.

If you think that you might like to join the Wednesday volunteer work team, please contact the Curator as above, or simply pop into the museum on a Wednesday morning and introduce yourself. If you come at around 11am you are likely to catch us having our tea break…

Museum Trustee

Occasionally new Trustees are required for the museum board of governance. Trusteeship is an unpaid position with shared legal responsibility for deciding the overall direction of the museum and ensuring that it operates appropriately. No specific skills are required to become a museum trustee, but generally a candidate would be expected to have an existing interest in the museum or in local heritage or to bring professional knowledge that might be of benefit to the group. New trustees would be admitted by a vote amongst the existing trustees.

If you think that you might wish to be considered as a potential museum trustee or for more information about what trusteeship involves, please contact the current Chairman of Trustees Graham Coxell by sending an email to whittleseymuseum@gmail.com. Please be aware that the total number of trustees is limited and so there may not be a vacancy at any given time, although you may be asked for permission to hold your name for future consideration.

Other Volunteering Opportunities

If you are still keen to volunteer with Whittlesey Museum but none of the above roles seem like a good fit for you, it may still be worth contacting the Curator for a quick chat about what it is that you would like to do.

For example, some museum volunteers may find that they are not available to come into the museum during the week but they have skills in marketing or publicity which they would like to use from home to help advertise museum events. Other volunteers may be interested in undergoing a DBS (formerly CRB) check in order to help out with occasional school visits to the museum. Others might have specialist subject knowledge about the collections or the local area which they would like to share. Such volunteer roles can often be supported on an individual basis – so get in touch!