Your museum needs you
No specialist knowledge required
As much or as little as you can offer. Being close to Blandford helps but some volunteers work remotely.
The museum is staffed entirely by volunteers at weekends. Their fabulous support enables us to open from February to October half-terms. A rota operates; say when you can help.
Help with: the archives, guided tours, media, in the shop, on digital projects at special events and more.
Volunteers are absolutely key to the continued existence of the museum. There is no need to have the history of The Royal Corps of Signals at your finger tips or any specialist knowledge – indeed for some, the museum is their first introduction to The Corps – but if you do have specialist knowledge or experience we’ll put that to good use.
A warm, friendly welcome awaits.
They work from home, in the Museum or both.
Some work on a regular basis, others on short or long-term projects to suit.
Thinking of joining our team? Do get in touch to find out more.
A great way to use your skills, develop new ones and meet like-minded individuals.
Our team comes from a mix of ages (some as young as 16), backgrounds and experiences.
For all ages
Volunteering looks good on a CV and can be the perfect way to develop workplace confidence following a career break or provide a new string to your bow following retirement. Volunteering can provide the edge you need – some staff members started out as volunteers prior to applying for and successfully taking up paid positions. We offer a limited range of volunteering experiences for students too, so do get in touch.
I began volunteering for the museum following a visit in 2015 and a chance encounter with a member of staff who commented that they wanted to update the website. Fast-forward five years and, although no longer living in Dorset, I continue in my role as webmaster and editor. I also help out with social media, content and comms in general.
Working from home doesn’t mean working in isolation. At the moment I’m collaborating on an ‘On this day’ project with Martin Skipworth a fellow volunteer (and former museum Head of Research) based in Yorkshire. Martin writes the articles – with support from the museum’s Director Nick Kendall-Carpenter and Adam Forty the museum business manager – who is great at sourcing images. He adds them to Facebook and sends them to me to include on the web. I’ll edit – adding in additional information including video – to try to ensure our appeal extends to young, old, military and non-military alike. It’s an inspiring series and researching the articles has greatly increased my Friday night quiz score!
Every year volunteers are invited to a dinner. It’s a wonderful opportunity for all volunteers to get together, meet each other, the Trustees and staff, and celebrate the work we do.
Web and social media mean I work for the Museum pretty much every day – some days all day – but volunteers only need commit the time they can spare. There are so many opportunities and the ability to carve your own niche in support of The Museum.
What do volunteers do?
If you have a skill we can invariably put it to good use or we can train you in new ones. Current volunteers undertake a diverse range of valuable tasks including:
- Archival work
- Cataloguing artefacts, documents or photographs
- Guided tours
- Helping in the shop
- Assisting with Social media
- Digital projects – including web
- Content creation and editing
- Helping at special events or on out-reach visits
Keeping the show on the road
Volunteers choose when they wish to work. Some work only during normal opening hours, others weekends and bank holidays. Crucially the Museum is staffed solely by our excellent and valued volunteers at weekends and during Bank Holidays for the period from mid-February to the end of October – if we didn’t have volunteers we wouldn’t be able to open. So we really need you…
There are a number of social events too – including an annual Dinner for staff, trustees and volunteers to thank them for all the time effort, and commitment they give.
As well as induction training, continuation training is given, so it’s easy to keep up to speed with developments and requirements and to keep in touch with all that is happening in and around the museum.
For many roles volunteers work in teams of two, making it ideal for husband and wife teams as well as individuals. Most volunteers live in the Blandford, Bournemouth and Salisbury areas but we welcome enquiries from those living further afield.
Want to know more?
It’s easy to find out more, simply contact Jim Ross our very friendly Museum Volunteer Co-Ordinator. Via Contact us (remember to mention volunteering) or drop in and see us.