Volunteering

Volunteering at 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.

Lynn Museum

Digital collections volunteers

The digital collections volunteers at Lynn Museum are currently digitalising our collection of Walter Dexter drawings.

Volunteers meet 10am-1pm every Wednesday throughout the year and on Thursdays 10am-1pm from April to October.

If you’re interested in being a digital collections volunteer, or would like more information, email lynnmuseum@norfolk.gov.uk or call us on 01553 775001.

Ancient House

Learning resources volunteers

Handling Boxes help bring history to life and we’re looking for volunteers to help us improve existing learning resources and create new ones. You’ll gain experience working in museum learning and will be awarded a certificate of achievement on completion.

If you’re interested in volunteering for this role at Ancient House, read the role description then complete an application form and email it to us.

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.

If you’re interested in volunteering for this role at Ancient House, read the role description then complete an application form and email it to us.

Contact us if you would like any further information about these roles.

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

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.

If you are interested in volunteering at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse take a look at the sort of things our volunteers are involved in. Then complete an application form and email it to us.

Collections volunteers

Work within our reference library, research items in the collections, photograph and record objects and assist with enquiries from members of the public.

Engineering volunteers

Restore and repair items from the collections, run and maintain the steam boiler and engines, prepare large items ready for external display and more.

Farm volunteers

Provide cart rides for visitors, work with schools, clean out and feed the animals, assist at event days and more.

Gardening volunteers

Maintain Cherry Tree Cottage garden, grow flowers and produce, develop new ideas for gardens, plant and maintain the borders and lawns and more.

Landscape conservation volunteers

Manage Centenary Wood using traditional coppicing, lay hedgerows around the farm and museum, install fencing and gates and more.

Learning volunteers

Help children to take part in fun, practical and engaging activities including:

  • Helping with traditional farm work
  • Spring cleaning the cottage parlour
  • Building prehistoric shelters
  • Discovering how rationing worked in a wartime shop
  • Meeting the Ugly Sisters at their fairytale house
  • Exploring the Victorian workhouse
  • Making peg dolls for a traditional Christmas
  • Dissecting owl pellets for an ecological survey

Research Volunteers

Work on a number of different projects, some working from home, research for temporary exhibitions and new displays, research the collections and assist the public with enquiries and family history research.

Workhouse Trail Guide volunteers 

Provide guided tours of the workhouse buildings to visitors and groups, working with school groups, the public, special access requirement groups and foreign language groups

Team Panhard volunteers 

Maintain and run the 1899 Panhard et Levassor motor car, with the costs met by Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service. For more information about Team Panhard, visit their website.