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There are lots of different ways you can contribute to the life of the Museum and we are always looking for volunteers.

Click on the items below to find out more about the different ways you can help support your local museum.

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Volunteering

Our volunteer posts will be involved in a range of aspects of the Museum operations, its planning and engagement, while recruiting and supervising a team of volunteers relating to specific heritage operations.

In return for your support, you will also enjoy:

  • Being a key member of the Museum family
  • Opportunities for personal and professional growth and development in a community-focussed museum
  • Gaining specialised experience within a wide range of key areas of heritage and Museum operations
  • A supportive, friendly, environment
  • Induction to the Wisbech & Fenland Museum, its people and operations
  • Full training as required to perform the role
  • Out-of-pocket travel expenses, as described in the Volunteering Policy
  • Invitation to volunteering and Museum events, and discount in the shop
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Available Vacancies

The following posts operate closely with the Museum staff and the board of directors to support the future sustainability of the Museum operations.

Community Engagement Volunteer

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This role includes:

  • Supporting the coordination and delivery of community engagement outreach activity
  • Developing links with schools, local businesses and organisations
  • Supporting museum staff in opening and closing the museum for certain activities
  • Involved in the museum’s overall activity and programming planning

To request more information or an application form please email volunteering@wisbechmuseum.org.uk

Gallery Volunteer

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This role includes:

  • Welcoming visitors to the museum
  • Stewarding in the galleries and library
  • Assisting and supporting workshops in the museum
  • Assisting and supporting events in the museum

To request more information or an application form please email volunteering@wisbechmuseum.org.uk

Sharing Cultures Project Officer

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‘Sharing Cultures - Exploring Our Museum’, a National Lottery Heritage Fund project, will put local people at the heart of opening-up stories about collections relating to world cultures in our museum.

Through local partnerships with Access Migrant Support, Rosmini Centre and College of West Anglia, the museum will offer co-creation opportunities, volunteer recruitment, development and training and a sustainable outreach programme. These activities will be aimed at specific migrant communities as well as reaching non-visitors within our immediate locality.

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Visitor Experience Volunteer

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This role includes:

  • Providing a visitor welcome and information during their visit
  • Serving merchandise and souvenirs
  • Taking part in an occasional pop up cafe (pre-prepared food and self-service drinks) alongside special events
  • Handling cash, till and restocking shop stock
  • Answering the phone
  • Assisting in keeping the front of house areas safe, clean and clear

To request more information or an application form please email volunteering@wisbechmuseum.org.uk

Education Volunteer

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This role includes:

  • Preparing for workshops and visits
  • Supporting the lead Education Officer
  • Assisting and supporting learning workshops in the museum
  • Assisting and supporting learning events in the museum

To request more information or an application form please email volunteering@wisbechmuseum.org.uk

Sharing Cultures Freelance Learning and Access Development Officer

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‘Sharing Cultures: Exploring Our Museum’ aims to improve Wisbech & Fenland Museum as a community resource especially for families and young people across Cambridgeshire through enabling the development of a skilled volunteer team to deliver learning activities in the museum and the wider community. It will provide new training opportunities for local people who have expressed an interest in volunteering at the museum. Training will include basic work skills, engaging with families as visitor guides and in learning how to develop creative workshops for target audiences of families and young people to meet their needs. Volunteers will also learn how to adapt their experiences to assist in the delivery of the museum’s learning programme working with schools. Download Job Description Form PDF

Work placements

Gain professional experience through a work placement

Whether you're a Year 10 student looking for a work placement in a museum, or a university student seeking valuable volunteering experience, we may be able to help. These placements are on a voluntary basis and are intended to help develop specific skills and knowledge, such collections management, or events planning, delivery and evaluation. If you are interested in a placement at the Museum, please contact us to discuss further.

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Friends of the Wisbech & Fenland Museum

The Friends of Wisbech & Fenland Museum support the Museum in a variety of ways including - 

  • Improving the display of the exhibits
  • Arranging special exhibitions and lectures
  • Furthering the charitable purposes of the Museum and encourage the development of its facilities

In recent years they have supported various acquisitions, for example a new computer for use by Friends and volunteers, text panels for an exhibition and a new display case for the manuscript of Great Expectations. In addition, they continue to research and produce a variety of Museum publications.

Join the Friends and you can enjoy:

  • The lecture programme
  • Opportunities to volunteer at the Museum
  • Invitations to exhibition previews and special events
  • 10% discount in our gift shop on purchases of £10 and over.

Apply now

Pick up an application form from the Wisbech & Fenland Museum, and return it to:

Mr Garry Monger
Secretary of the Friends
Wisbech & Fenland Museum,
Museum Square,
Wisbech,
Cambridgeshire, PE13 1ES

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