Your museum needs you: appeal for volunteers

Museum of Barnstaple and North DevonMuseum of Barnstaple and North Devon

Posted on: 19 August 2019

The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon is calling for volunteers to help out in its kitchen, tearoom, shop and front of house, as it gets set to reopen in the autumn.

There are three voluntary roles available at the new and improved museum. The first is as a kitchen and tearoom assistant, where volunteers can work in the kitchen or serve in the tearoom, or do both. The new tearoom will be called ‘Bromleys’ after the famous Barnstaple tearooms, which was previously housed in the building that is now Wetherspoons Watergate. Volunteers will be serving a menu influenced by their classic menu in a community-focused tearoom.

The museum is also looking for people to volunteer in its new shop. In this role, volunteers will give tourist information, sell travel and trip tickets and work behind the till, serving customers. The shop will be stocked with local craft items and souvenirs.

The final post that museum staff are looking to fill is that of museum host. In this exciting new role, the hosts will welcome visitors as well as engage with the public and teach them about the collections.

Shifts for these roles are likely to be half days so there will be several openings for each.

Leader of North Devon Council, Councillor David Worden, says: “This is a really exciting opportunity to be a part of the improved and extended museum, and to make a meaningful contribution to the local community. If you’d like a new challenge, have some spare time and think you are suited to any of these roles, please get in touch.”

Alison Mills, Manager of The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon, says: “The museum is an exciting place to work, full of fascinating collections in the surroundings of a historic listed building. We provide a safe and friendly atmosphere where our volunteers can meet people, learn new skills and share a passion for North Devon’s rich history. Our volunteers are a valuable part of our organisation and we’d encourage anyone who thinks they are suited to apply for these roles.”

The museum is currently closed while work continues on the exciting new Long Bridge Wing extension, which will increase the building’s footprint by 70%.  The museum will boast a brand new social history gallery, a larger shop, a tearoom and an improved education space.

The main funders of the museum extension project include the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Coastal Communities Fund,  Fullabrook CIC, Garfield Weston Foundation, North Devon Council, the Foyle Foundation and Arts Council England.

Job descriptions and applications to volunteer at the museum can be found online www.barnstaplemuseum.org.uk/getting-involved and applications are also available from the museum reception. Full training will be given for all roles.

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