Volunteer with Us

Museum staff hold up long pieces of ribbon, grinning widely. Gallery paintings are visible in the background.

We are always looking for new volunteers! We are almost entirely staffed by volunteers, and we are incredibly grateful for everyone who lends their time and energy to our mission.

Whatever your talents or skills, we’ve got a job for you. Below, we’ve listed some of the roles we need help with. You don’t need experience for any of them: we’re happy to provide as much training as necessary. The listed skills are things that will be utilised or developed in the role. If you’d like to learn something new, get more work experience, or simply find a new social group, we’ve got you covered. We have no ‘fixed’ required hours: we’re glad to have you for as much or as little time as you’re able to spare. We can’t provide child care, but we welcome your little ones whilst you’re here. Please contact us at volunteer@roystonmuseum.org.uk to learn more about any of the following:

Front Desk Event Management Collections Management Research Arts and Crafts Outreach and Marketing

Front Desk:

We are open to the public on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, from 10 am to 5 pm. We operate a small gift shop, and provide information about local events. Front Desk volunteers welcome visitors to the Museum, take note of visitor numbers and receive visitor surveys, and operate the till.

Skills: Cash management, shop stock management, customer service.

Event Management

We run events for adults and children on a regular basis. Event volunteers help us plan these and put them on, both during normal business hours, and on occasional evenings and weekends. We welcome new ideas and creative ventures!

Skills: budgeting, visitor management, event planning, handling unexpected circumstances, health and safety planning.

Collections Management

We care for over 40,000 artefacts. Many of these need regular conservation cleaning, and most of our stored artefacts need to be repacked. Many objects need to be labelled, and occasionally repaired or moved. Our Collections volunteers make sure any and all artefacts are ready for research, exhibits, and handling!

Skills: Artefact handling, object conservation and preservation, artefact labelling. Organisation, artefact storing and packing, problem solving.

Research

We undertake research into our collections and on local history, both for in-house purposes and in response to external requests. Our research volunteers dig into books and the Internet, to see what they can find about different topics. We have lots of puzzles to be solved!

Skills: Organisation, problem solving, textual research, summary writing.

Arts & Crafts

A number of our events involve crafty activities. During school holidays, we run weekly creative play sessions for young children, and throughout the year we run lino printing workshops. We are hoping to expand our offerings, and we’re looking for anyone with unique crafty skills that they’d like to share with us. We’re also looking for people who are willing to help us run workshops and classes for a range of age groups.

Skills: Anything crafty or creative; classroom management, teaching experience, art and handicraft history.

Outreach and Marketing

We are always looking to make sure our whole community knows what we can offer. We need help reaching our audiences and creating new ones, and learning what our district needs from us. We rely on social media and inexpensive marketing outlets, and our outreach volunteers help us maximise these.

Skills: Marketing, public relations, surveys and community response. Social media, creative outreach, problem solving.