Volunteering at GLAM
The Joint Museums Volunteer Service aims to widen access, increase depth of participation, and promote diversity, equality, and social outcomes through its volunteering opportunities.
It's about working in a mutually beneficial way with our volunteers to make the most of their talents, knowledge, experience, and interests, whilst also acknowledging the positive contributions they make to our visitors and collections.
Each year, more than 500 volunteers together give more than 20,000 hours to helping in public-facing and behind-the-scenes roles at the:
- Bate Collection of Musical Instruments
- Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum
- History of Science Museum
- Museum of Natural History
- Pitt Rivers Museum
- Weston Library
We are very grateful to our volunteers and hope that they enjoy sharing their enthusiasm, building their confidence, developing their skills, and meeting new people in an inspiring, supportive environment.
Our volunteering opportunities
Handling plesiosaur fossils with the general public, digitising historic prints and conservation documents, welcoming visitors to temporary exhibitions, and helping to run the year-round programme of family friendly events... these are just a few of the opportunities that volunteers have been involved in in recent months.
We hope that our range of opportunities includes something for everyone, whether helping at one site, or across several; helping in a single role, or in lots of different ways; helping for a few hours each week, or for a few hours in a year... What you hear about - and hopefully get involved in - is up to you.
When you join our mailing list, you will be asked to select from a list of ‘General Interests’, as detailed below. Expand each section to read more about the different types of roles we offer. Plus, see our list of current opportunities.