Volunteering

Volunteering for Norfolk Museums Service can be a very rewarding and sociable experience. You'll meet like-minded people, gain new experience, learn new skills and support Norfolk's heritage.

There are a variety of different roles available within Norfolk Museums Service at our ten museums across the county.  Whether you are interested in helping with our collections, conservation, archaeology, activities and events, researching, gardening, sewing and stitching, customer service, stewarding, administration or photography, our museums have this and much more to offer.  We will offer all our volunteers support, training and a friendly environment.

To become a volunteer with us, we will usually ask you to complete an application form, attend an information interview and supply two references.  If the role requires it, you may be asked to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (at no cost to you).

Below you can find details of our current and latest roles.

All museums

Market research

During September and October we require volunteers to help us complete some market research at all of our Museums across the county.  This role is ideal if you are interested in market research, want to gain some customer service skills or experience in a museum, or just enjoy working with the public.  It is an important role, that will help us gain useful information and feedback from our visitors.

Ancient House

Thetford Treasures

We’re looking for volunteers to our Thetford Treasures group. Volunteers are essential for bringing the collections to life for school and group visits.  You may be preparing crafts, dressing as a Tudor or cooking on the Victorian range, working in a unique Tudor town house.  The team of volunteers often pitch in at busy times such as seasonal events and school holidays.

Learning resources

In line with our commitment to learning, we have a popular and wide-ranging schools programme covering the Stone Age to present day.  Many of these sessions use resources such as handling boxes to make them more engaging and interactive.  Improving existing learning resources and creating new ones will enrich educational sessions and help bring history to life.  We are looking for  up to five volunteers to help create and pack our resources and handling boxes on Wednesday mornings between 10am-1pm.

How to apply

If you’re interested either of these roles at Ancient House then complete an application form and send it to ancienthouse@norfolk.gov.uk

Cromer Museum

Cromer Museum is currently looking for:

Events Volunteers

As part of its commitment to informal learning for visitors, Cromer Museum has a popular and wide-ranging events programme during its opening months. The museum is looking for volunteers to help with its seasonal events programme and to help bring history to life.

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

Gressenhall is currently looking for:

More Than Oliver Twist: Research volunteers

More Than Oliver Twist is an Arts Council England funded subject specialist network project.  The project is based at various workhouses across the country, including Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse. This project is looking for Research Volunteers to be part of the network.

The Research Volunteer will be researching and uncovering pauper narratives for the pilot project “More Than Oliver Twist”, to be included in a physical and digital pauper histories exhibition.

For more information and to apply for this role contact Elspeth Hunter at volunteer.museums@norfolk.gov.uk.

Other roles

Gressenhall is incredibly well supported by teams of volunteers.  They help us to achieve far more than we could manage on our own and we are extremely grateful for their support.

We currently have volunteers who assist with collections, engineering, the farm, gardening, learning, research, Team Panhard, workhouse trail guides and landscape conservation.

If you are interested in volunteering at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse please email gressenhall.museum@norfolk.gov.uk.

Register your interest

For more information about volunteering and work experience with Norfolk Museums Service at any of our ten museums, contact Michelle Gaskin, Volunteer Coordinator on 01603 228993 or email volunteer.museums@norfolk.gov.uk

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