Are you looking to learn new skills, make friends or get involved in one of our exciting projects at Reading Museum and Reading Abbey Quarter?  Volunteering is a brilliant way to do this and support our work. 

Volunteering opportunities 

We offer a range of volunteering roles throughout the year. We recruit volunteers for specific roles rather than accept general applications.

Here are our current vacancies:

If you love meeting new people....

  • Our Saturday Abbey Quarter Tour Guide volunteers bring the Abbey Quarter’s rich history to life – could you inspire visitors to discover the place where King Henry I was buried, Jane Austen was taught and Oscar Wilde was imprisoned?
  • 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 you're regularly free on Wednesdays or Saturdays, we're looking for a Visitor Welcome & Donations volunteer to help us welcome all visitors to the museum

Calling all creatives!

  • Would you enjoy applying your creativity and digital skills, and experience of content creation, to become one of our Digital Content volunteers? At the moment, we are especially keen to hear from volunteers interested in creating content related to the history of Reading Abbey.

Micro-volunteering opportunities 

Want to volunteer but only have a little time available? This could suit you because it's flexible and you can do it in your own time.

  • We're looking for Heritage Custodians to help us keep the Reading Abbey Quarter looking attractive as a historical and cultural destination within the town
  • If you prefer the open air, how about counting the number of people who visit the Abbey in two-hour time slots throughout the year as a Reading Abbey Visitor Counter?

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

Find out more about Reading Abbey Quarter 

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 role descriptions for our current vacancies
2. Read our volunteer policy
3. Fill in the registration form and email it to the address on the role description

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