Are you looking to learn new skills, make friends or get involved in one of our exciting projects?  Volunteering is a brilliant way to do this and support our work. We are also responsible for recruitment of the Reading Abbey Revealed volunteers.

Current volunteering opportunities

We are offering a number of new exciting volunteering opportunities in 2019 including micro-volunteering, for people who only have a few hours spare a month as well as more regular volunteering roles. We recruit volunteers for specific roles rather than accept general applications.

  • We're looking for Museum on Wheels volunteers to help us with our community events outreach programme throughout the year (on some weekdays or weekends) and some help with our Visitor Welcome in the museum.
  • Can you sew? We're also looking for two Wardrobe Assistants to support our costumed interpreters at events around Reading and at the museum.

If you are interested in applying for these roles, please download the role description (below) and apply using the registration form.

You might also be interested in seeing what volunteering opportunities are available with our partners at the Museum of English Rural Life (The MERL).

How to apply

It's quick and easy to apply for a volunteering role. There are three basic steps - the documents can be downloaded from the bottom of this page:

1. Have a look at the available roles
2. Read our volunteer policy
3. Fill in and email the registration form to the volunteer co-ordinator

Investing in Volunteers

Reading Museum is committed to providing training and ongoing support to our volunteers to help them flourish in their roles. We are delighted to announce that we have now achieved the Investing in Volunteers national standard, for the third time, as part of the Museums Partnership Reading with The Museum of English Rural Life (The MERL). Our assessment report is available to download below.

What do our volunteers do?

To find out more about the projects our volunteers have been involved in, why not read our blogs: 'Why people volunteer at Reading Museum' and 'A journey in volunteering'.

Our blog 'Snowdrops are acumen back to Reading Abbey' looks at how we work with local businesses and the interesting projects we have found for their employees' 'charity days'.

Museum Diversity Trainee Charlene measuring an object on a black piece of foamboard.
A helping hand at the museum store