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There’s so much to do in a museum that we’re always on the lookout for new volunteers.

There are lots of different things you can get involved in.  We’ve outlined a few of them below, but if none of these appeals there could well be something else you could help us with.

Hours are very flexible, from as little as a couple of hours a month to a day (or more) a week.  Some of our volunteers help us in the museum, some at home.  Some have regular times, others help when it’s convenient for them.  There’s generally something for everyone.

If you’d like to find out more, please contact us on 01684 292901 or by email at

Stewards (Front of House)

Stewards act as the ‘public face’ of the Museum welcoming visitors and helping them to get as much out of their visit as possible.

This role suits people who have an interest in local history and the local community and like meeting new people. No prior experience is necessary, as induction and training sessions are provided.

In the summer (March to October inclusive) the museum is open from 11am to 4pm from Saturday to Monday and from 1 to 4pm from Tuesday to Friday.

In the winter (November to February) the museum is open from 11am to 3pm from Saturday to Monday and from noon to 3pm from Tuesday to Friday.

The role includes:

  • Welcoming visitors to the Museum
  • Introducing visitors to the Museum’s permanent and special exhibitions
  • Assisting visitors with their enquiries
  • Opening or closing the building



Our team of archivists and cataloguers work with our collection of artefacts and other objects, both those on display and those kept in our stores.  Keeping records is very important, so you need to be comfortable with computers.


Nearly ten thousand visitors traipse through our museum every year, and not in their stockinged feet, either, so keeping our floors, stairs, display cabinets and every other square inch of our building clean is a never-ending task.  Would you like to join our team of heroic cleaners?

Handymen and women

Our building is 350 years old.  Luckily, we’re not responsible for major repairs, but we do often need to make a small repair or improvement to the inside of the building.  Other tasks you could help with? – our fire and security systems need checking on a regular basis, our dehumidifiers need emptying, our emergency exit needs to be kept free of weeds and debris, and our electricians, builders, PAT testers, meter readers, etc need to be organised or assisted.

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