Make a new year’s resolution to volunteer at the museum

Posted on: 15 January 2020

Have you made a new year’s resolution to learn new skills, meet new people or build your confidence?  If so, the Museum of Barnstaple could have just the right opportunity for you.

The museum needs more volunteer staff and anyone aged 16 and over can apply. Volunteering offers a whole assortment of opportunities which can help meet your personal goals as well as helping others.

There are many ways you can volunteer to care for North Devon’s heritage and help to provide an amazing service to Barnstaple’s museum visitors. The museum provides a safe, friendly atmosphere where you can learn new skills and improve your confidence, share your passion for North Devon history and attend private views and talks on exhibitions.

Museum curator, Alison Mills, says: “The New Year marks a fresh start for many of us, full of possibilities and good intentions, but by the end of January some of those good intentions have faded away. Volunteering is an activity that can help keep you on track and motivated. It also brings the opportunity to meet new people and have new experiences – what could be better? Please come and join us, make new friends and enjoy being part of a community asset.”

Leader of North Devon Council, Councillor David Worden, says: “Volunteering has been proven to benefit your overall well-being as well as your community, so if you have some spare time and are interested in history or just like meeting new people, why not volunteer some of that time to help?  The experienced and friendly team of volunteers are a vital and important part of the museum.”

There are a range of volunteer opportunities including cataloging and caring for collections; introducing visitors to the building and its collections; helping with the museum’s learning programme; or assisting in the tearooms and museum shop. The yearly programme of exhibitions and events provides volunteers with the opportunity to gain skills in exhibition installation, event management, research and curation.

Below are the different roles you can become involved with at the Museum –

Museum Host

Kitchen and Tearoom

Shop and Tourist Information

Museum Collections

Learning and Events

To become a volunteer download a volunteer application form HERE. You will be invited for an informal induction to meet the team and see which roles are right for you. Please be aware you must be aged 16 or over to volunteer, under 18’s must get permission from their parent or guardian.

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