Volunteer!

A warm, friendly welcome awaits…
No specialist knowledge required.

Genuine opportunities

Commitment

You can volunteer as much or as little time as you can offer. Living close to our galleries on Blandford Camp helps, but some volunteers work remotely.

Weekend Opening Support

Our weekend staff are always looking for assistance to provide public-facing shop assistance and guided tours on select Saturday opening times and during holiday periods.

Roles

Volunteering with the Royal Signals Museum means that you can help with projects in the archives, assist with our oral history project, help our curators care for the collection, give guided tours, and more.

Why Volunteer?

Volunteers are key to the output of the Royal Signals Museum. Our volunteers assist with everything from archive research projects that reveal stories of Signallers from the World Wars, to assisting our curators in conserving rare military uniforms and vehicles. We also have opportunities for volunteers to become part of our STEM Outreach Team who provide fun education experiences at major events and local libraries. We also provide training to help with the Royal Signals Museum shop.

Volunteering is 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. It 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. In fact, some staff members started out as volunteers prior to applying for and successfully taking up paid positions. 

We’re looking for engaging and proactive individuals who wish to gain experience in the museum and heritage sectors. There is no need to have any specialist knowledge of the history of the Royal Corps of Signals. Indeed, for some of our team, the Museum was their first introduction to the Corps. If you do have specialist knowledge or experience with the Corps, we’ll put that to good use

 

Pictured above is Royal Signals veteran and long-serving museum volunteer Pat Soward. Pat and his wife Maureen often work weekends at the museum. 

Museum staff and volunteers at the presentation of a line belt.

Training & Rewards

As well as induction training, continuation training is given so it’s easy to keep up to speed with developments and requirements. Depending on your interests and skills, we’ll also provide training in Museum conservation practices or archival research. For many roles volunteers work in teams of two, making it ideal for couples as well as individuals. We might offer you the opportunity to attend events at other Museums and heritage sites too!

We offer free tea and/or coffee from Communications Café. Every year, the Museum organises a dinner evening to celebrate the contribution of our volunteers and Trustees. The volunteer body is also a social bunch, with the team organising a number of relaxed social gatherings away from the Museum at venues throughout the local area.

 

Want to know more?

If you’re interested in volunteering, please email our Director (Nick Kendall-Carpenter) via director@royalsignalsmuseum.co.uk.

From there, and in tandem with our Volunteer Coordinator (Nicki Penny), we’ll establish your interests and organise an induction.

Royal Signals Museum Annual Volunteers Dinner

Above – Staff, volunteers and trustees mingle at the annual Volunteers Dinner.