VOLUNTEER AT AMBERLEY
Our volunteers are vital to the running of the Museum. With many different areas to the Museum, we are always looking for new volunteers to help support the daily running of the site.
The Museum volunteers are organised into groups, and for each of these, there is a designated ‘Head of Group’ who leads their team, communicating with the Museum and organising their team rotas. We aim to have as many of the Museum areas open as possible every day, but this is dependent on having enough volunteers to cover the roles needed.
When a new volunteer joins the Museum, they are given a tour of the site, health and safety training, and then they allocated to an area of the Museum. This is determined by the skills that the volunteer brings to the Museum, and also by where volunteers are needed. Full training and support for your role will be given. Please understand that sometimes we are not able to offer people a volunteer role at the Museum and this is entirely at the Museum’s discretion.
Volunteers can give as much time to the Museum as they would like. This could be for a few hours, or days a week. Anyone can apply to be a volunteer at the Museum, but you must be over 16 years old. Whatever your stage in life, volunteering at Amberley Museum can offer an opportunity to learn new skills, share your knowledge and experience while meeting new people and actively supporting your local Museum.
Some of our volunteers work just a season, and some have been here nearly 40 years!
- Free Entry to Amberley Museum for a registered volunteer with badge (plus one guest)
- Free tea and coffee from our on-site Café, The Limeburners
- 10% discount on food purchased in our on-site Café (excluding drinks and pre-packaged snacks).
- 10% discount on purchases in the Museum Gift Shop (excluding books, DVDs, magazines, edible items and sales goods).
- Volunteer social events programme
- Regular Museum newsletter ‘Noticeboard’
- Meet new people and make new friends.
- Learn new skills.
- Gain valuable work experience.
- Share your own experience and knowledge.
Amberley Welcome Team – Help to welcome and inspire our visitors as they explore the Museum site – Full training and support given.
Office administration – Help out in the Museum office by answering the phones, dealing with enquiries, data input and general office admin.
Marketing Team – An opportunity to assist with marketing activities for the Museum.
Retail outlets and Restaurant – Be the welcoming face of the Museum in the ticket office, gift shop, the ‘Limeburners’ restaurant or the ‘Pepper Lane Stop’ refreshment trailer.
Learning – Assist with the smooth running of school workshops, school visits and family activities throughout the year.
Events Team – Volunteer alongside our Events Manager. Try everything from marshalling, answering visitor enquiries to providing refreshments for the exhibitors. Enjoy being part of our popular event days team!
Specialised skills – We would love to hear from you if you have particular skills relevant to our Museum Collections eg engineering, transport (including rail, buses, motor vehicles and bicycles) printing, energy or communication.
Craftspeople – An opportunity to showcase your skills of a traditional craft, or learn a new skill and keep traditional crafts alive for future generations.
Site Maintenance – Keeping Amberley looking spic and span is a full-time task – there are always jobs we need help with, everything from carpentry to decorating!
Grounds and gardening work – Amberley Museum is home to nature trails and a landscape that has evolved in a former chalk quarry. If you have a passion for nature conservation or gardening please come and help us nurture our beautiful site set in the heart of the South Downs National Park.
Please get in touch if you are looking for work experience or taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme – we are always happy to encourage people starting out or making a career change!