Museums Need Volunteers

Many museums are totally volunteer run, some have a single member of staff supported by a team of volunteers, only a few have more than one member of staff.

Volunteering is a great way of supporting your local museum and playing a role in your local commuity.

There are always museums looking for new volunteers for all sorts of positions, from welcoming vistors at reception and giving tours to working behind the scenes.

The following are currently in need of volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering or just want to find out more contact the museum directly.

Time and Tide

June 2017

Why not join us at Time and Tide Museum and be a part of our exciting project – Sea History Differently

 What You’ll Be Helping Us On:

The project aims to engage people with maritime collections and whether you know anything about maritime and the fishing industry or not, we need you. This exciting new project focuses on our maritime collections and bringing Great Yarmouth’s fishing history to life.

Why You Should Volunteer With Us:

We have a variety of opportunities ready and waiting and the project is made up of many elements, meaning we have something for everyone. Become a general volunteer, or if you’re looking for particular museum experience then one of the following roles may take your fancy:

– Events and Community Volunteer
– Exhibitions Volunteer
– Digital  Volunteer
– Conservation Volunteer
– Collections Volunteer

What You’ll Get From Volunteering:

As part of our volunteer community, you’ll have the chance to gain experience within the museum sector whilst learning and acquiring new skills. You can give as much time you’d like and can choose what parts of the project you’d like to be involved with. All we ask for is a willingness to get on board and give it go, in return expect lots of tea and a fantastic time. A positive approach and enthusiastic interest in the work of Great Yarmouth museums are welcomed.

How To Find Out More Or Join Our Team:

If you’d like to get involved please contact Yarmouth.museums@norfolk.gov.uk or give us a call on 01493 743930



The Fishermen’s Heritage Centre and Peter Coke Shell Gallery

Can you spare just 2 hours a week?

The Sheringham Society is looking for new volunteers to greet and interact with visitors to bring alive the historic Fisherman’s Heritage Centre and the unique Shell Fine Art Gallery on Westcliff in Sheringham.

The Fisherman’s Heritage Centre is dedicated to demonstrating the history of the lifeboats provided by the Upcher family of Sheringham Hall in the late nineteenth/ early part of this century and contains the historic Henry Ramey Upcher Lifeboat. The Shell Fine Art Gallery contains an amazing collection of nearly 200 shell-art creations, all the work of Peter Coke.

Over 25,000 visitors visited the Fisherman’s Heritage Centre and the Shell Fine Art Gallery last year. Visitors comments include:  “Amazing; Unique collection, has to be seen; this a fabulous tribute to the lifeboat folk and their communities.”

The Fisherman’s Heritage Centre and Shell Gallery opens during Easter and then from May to the end of September, as well as during the autumn school half term holiday.

 We are looking for people who could do a two hour slot a week, either between 12am and 2 pm, or between 2 to 4 pm. If you feel able to spare two hours once a week, or even to be available to fill in occasionally, please email Paula Chapman or call her on 01263 824338.

Norfolk Tank Museum

Norfolk Tank Museum is looking for volunteers who can help with all sorts of roles but at the moment mainly needs people who can do reception and front-of-house duties.

No previous experience or military knowledge is necessary just enthusiasm and interest.

Contact details are on the Norfolk Tank Museum page

Museum for Watton

At the moment Watton doesn’t have a museum but our Associate Members Museum For Watton have been making great strides towards the development of a museum for the town.

Watton is steeped in history and it is important to value the past in order to value the future. Our children need roots and a sense of belonging – even if they don’t realise it yet! And a meeting place for the history of Watton would aid them in their understanding of how the town has developed and how we all make a contribution to that development, however small that be.Museum for Watton are looking for volunteers to help with fundraising and with staffing the new museum which will hopefully be opening Spring 2017.

To find out more or get involved contact Volunteer Co-ordinator Jackie Greenbook

Forncett Industrial Steam Museum

As well as always looking for ‘dirty hands’ volunteers, we should be delighted to welcome some ‘clean hands’ volunteers too.

Would you like to help organise an event at the museum? We have various ideas for additional events that we just don’t have the time to arrange at present. You could take as much, or as little, responsibility as you feel comfortable with.

Do you have any time or ideas to help with promoting the museum in any way?

We would even appreciate help with organising car parking on busy days.

Please contact Rowan Francis (the museum’s founder) or Bill Starling (Trustee):
or drop in any Sunday or Wednesday when we have working parties.

More details of us here

We’d love to hear from you