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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.

Until Covid restrictions have eased we are unfortunately unable to offer volunteering opportunities within our museums and sites. We will update any change to this in line with government guidelines.

We do have some opportunities which can be undertaken from home and will update any volunteering opportunities detailed on this page. If you are interested in being kept up to date with volunteering opportunities, please contact us on the details given below.

Royal Palace Reborn

Norwich Castle

Once Covid restrictions have eased, we are hoping to offer more opportunities to get involved in the Royal Palace Reborn project in a range of volunteering roles. We will update this webpage when we have more information. In the meantime if you have any queries please contact volunteer.museums@norfolk.gov.uk

Norwich Friends Tapestry

The Tapestry and Textile Volunteers are part of the Royal Palace Reborn project and are continuing to volunteer from home. Find out more information and get involved with Norwich Friends Tapestry

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

Gressenhall is incredibly well supported by teams of volunteers. Until Covid restrictions have eased Gressenhall has some virtual ‘from home’ volunteering opportunities;

More Than Oliver Twist Family History Volunteers

We would love to hear from you if you would be interested in researching the lives of people who lived here in the workhouse at Gressenhall, as part of the More Than Oliver Twist project! This role requires candidates to have access to family history research databases from home and the relevant skills to carry out this research. Please get in touch via: gressenhall.museum@norfolk.gov.uk quoting MTOT Family History Volunteer.

Workhouse Archive Volunteers

Volunteers are required to help catalogue workhouse archives. This role requires online access, an ability to read curly old writing and to use image and word processing packages. To find out more please contact: gressenhall.museum@norfolk.gov.uk quoting Workhouse Archive Volunteer.

Collecting Covid Photography Volunteers

We would like to hear from you if you are interested in photography and helping the museum create a record of the coronavirus pandemic. Volunteers are required to take photographs of signs, businesses and community venues affected by the lockdown. This role requires you to take quick snapshots of local life during lockdown and as it relaxes. You will need a digital camera or smart phone. To find out more please contact gressenhall.museum@norfolk.gov.uk quoting Collecting Covid Volunteer.

Kick the Dust Opportunities (for those aged 11-25)

Kick the Dust supports those aged 11-25 with opportunities within the Museum Service. The team are able to offer volunteering and work experience opportunities across the county and the service, their opportunities can be found below;

Norwich Museums

Saturday Art Lab – ages 12 – 16

Saturdays 11am – 12.30 via Zoom

Join us for Saturday Art Lab, a brand-new series of online and in person art workshops at Norwich Castle! In the Art Lab you will get to experiment with different materials, discover new skills by taking part in masterclasses with professionals’ artists, designers and craftspeople, and draw inspiration from thousands of years of art and heritage!

Community Curators – ages 12 – 18

Fortnightly Tuesdays 4.30pm – 6pm

We’re looking of for a group of young people to help to research and create a zine about the female artists of the Norwich School, in collaboration with Laura Moseley from Made By Women Zines and Norwich Castle Museum art curators. You will spend time researching and shining a light on these lesser-known artists, learn more about still life painting and the work of the Norwich School, and learn how to format this research as a zine to printed and sold online.

Countywide

Discover Creative Careers Week- 1st-5th March 2021 via Zoom webinar

Taking place in National Careers Week, Discover! Creative Careers week is an online programme aimed at introducing young people to different careers and workplaces across the creative industries.

As part of Discover! Creative Careers, Norfolk Museums Service is hosting a digital event for schools and colleges to enable their students from Key Stage 3 to 5 to gain a real insight into the heritage sector, to inspire and help them access the many opportunities within Norfolk Museums Service including youth-led project groups, volunteering and work experience.

If you would like to take part in the Discover! Creative Careers event, please contact Christine Marsden christine.marsden@norfolk.gov.uk or if you are interested in joining one of our work experience programmes contact the relevant Project Worker for your area.

See the Creative Careers Week flyer for more information

Contact Kick the Dust:

Countywide - christine.marsden@norfolk.gov.uk
West Norfolk - rachel.duffield@norfolk.gov.uk or rachael.williams2@norfolk.gov.uk
East Norfolk - emma.price2@norfolk.gov.uk
Norwich - rachel.daniel@norfolk.gov.uk

Register your interest

For more information about volunteering and work experience with Norfolk Museums Service at any of our ten museums, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator by email at volunteer.museums@norfolk.gov.uk.

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