Volunteer at Shaftesbury Abbey Museum & Garden – join our team and help make a difference.
The Abbey is a self-supporting charity run by volunteers, which relies on the income generated by admission fees and events, and profits from the shop, as well as the support of our Friends. The museum would not survive without our valued team of volunteers who give their time to help preserve the Abbey site and keep it open for visitors.
Some use skills that they already have, while others learn new ones, and everyone has the opportunity to meet new friends with similar interests, and make a real contribution to Shaftesbury’s foremost heritage site.
Museum stewards – play an important role managing the reception desk. The day is divided into three 2½ hour sessions, and tasks include meeting and greeting visitors, selling admission tickets, taking money from shop sales, recording any comments or feedback, and generally ensuring that visitors enjoy their experience.
Gardening – volunteers maintain the peaceful walled garden throughout the year. Tasks include pruning roses and shrubs, maintenance of paths and garden furniture, and cultivating the extensive Anglo-Saxon herb collection.
Conservation – the museum has over 10,000 objects in its collection, with only a small number on display. The collection includes medieval floor tiles, pottery, carved stonework, roof tiles and stained glass, all of which need to be identified and recorded on a standard museums management system.
Education and family activities – help the team with a programme of workshops and other activities for both schoolchildren and families, so that they gain maximum benefit from their visit. This programme is managed jointly with Gold Hill Museum and is lead by a professional education officer.
Events – the museum derives much-needed additional income from a series of events held in the grounds each season, such as Gold Hill Fair, open-air theatre and musical performances. Volunteers are always needed to help steward these events, and serve refreshments.
To become a Volunteer please fill in and submit the form below. Alternatively you may call in or contact us and we will be pleased to send you a form. Call 01747 852910 or email firstname.lastname@example.org