Volunteers are the lifeblood of Museums Partnership Reading.
We love working with volunteers. And people love volunteering with us.
Museums Partnership Reading is an Arts Council England funded partnership between The MERL and Reading Museum.
At both museums, we want you to feel part of a team, to have fun and meet new people, get a chance to explore a hobby or interest, or perhaps to gain experience in the workplace while developing supplementary skills to enhance a CV too.
We want you to feel part of a team, to have fun and meet new people, get a chance to explore a hobby or interest, or perhaps to gain experience in the workplace while developing supplementary skills to enhance a CV too.
Our roles are varied and well-supported, and volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds. We aim to reflect the diverse community of Reading. We are accredited by Investing in Volunteers, the UK quality standard for good practice in volunteer management.
Volunteers help in lots of ways to help us connect more people to our collections and events, and we’re dedicated to giving you the best experience possible.
We currently have two opportunities to get involved and be part of our volunteer family.
To apply to be a volunteer for Museums Partnership Reading, get yourself a cuppa and follow this link to our volunteering platform to complete your volunteer application.
While you are there, you can browse a complete list of all roles performed by existing Museums Partnership Reading volunteers. Feel free to tick a few that interest you, so that we can let you know in future if a vacancy arises for that role.
When you’re happy with your application, don’t forget to click SUBMIT! As soon as you are registered, you'll join the waiting list.
We will highlight any vacancies associated with Reading Museum on this webpage. We also feature any volunteering opportunities for our partner museum The Museum of English Rural Life (The MERL) on the volunteering platform.
If you need any help with the application process, please email VolunteerHQ@reading.ac.uk and we will do our best to help.
*We are lucky enough to receive a high volume of volunteer applications. We aim to respond to all applications within 30 days.*
Reading Museum is committed to providing training and ongoing support to our volunteers to help them flourish in their roles. We 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.
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