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Volunteering

The Museum is run purely by volunteers, there are no paid staff but we are supported with lots of outside help. The Trustees and Management Committee are all elected volunteers.

How to Volunteer

If you are interested in helping within the Museum and your have a few hours to spare each month, please leave your name at the Museum (see Home Page for Contact Details) and one of the Management Committee will contact you to arrange a suitable time for you the visit the Museum. 

Please note that we may ask for references of any new volunteer.

Stewarding

The Museum is open to the public on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10.30 to 15.30 for Stewarding purposes this is divided into a morning session 10.30 to 13.00 and an afternoon session from 13.00 to 15.30; many stewards do all day but this is their choice.  Full training is given and new stewards are always paired with experienced Stewards until they feel completely comfortable with the situation. 

A Stewards Handbook is provided to all Stewards for their own reference.

Friday Afternoon Club

On Friday afternoons from 14.00 to 16.00 there is a group of dedicated volunteers who spend a couple of hours on a variety of duties including cleaning and dusting, assisting in updating the Museum collection catalogue and recording new donations, maintaining exhibits & the building and reorganising displays.

The highlight of the afternoon is tea and biscuits when we chat and ‘put the world to rights’.

Group Visits

Groups come at other times than normal opening hours so volunteers who are available during other weekdays than Wednesday and in the evenings will be very welcome. 

School Groups

Volunteers to help with school groups are very important to us.  Victorian Washday is not perhaps so arduous as it was in Victorian times but still needs several helpers so the children get maximum benefit from their visit and, nowadays more importantly, remain safe.

Often School visits are all day so a light lunch (sandwiches etc) is provided for the helpers.

Child Protection

We are now required to have a proportion of our volunteers who work with school groups CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) checked.    We always insist on having a minimum of two volunteers with each group and not putting anyone in a ‘one to one’ situation with a child.  All school groups are instructed to bring sufficient helpers so each group has at least one adult so at all times there are at least three adults with every group of children.