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Volunteering at the John Moore Museum
Museum Volunteer Role
Are you friendly, like working with people and have an interest in local history? We are looking for volunteers to join our team during this exciting chapter of the museum’s history.
Please note: You are very welcome to contact us at any time for an informal chat but we would not be looking to take on new volunteers till early 2017. The museum opening times are reduced over the winter months so whilst there’s a lot going on behind the scenes, there’s not a great deal for new people to get stuck into. We will be looking for new volunteers to start from March onward. We would love to hear from you.
The John Moore Museum is part of the Abbey Lawn Trust, a registered Tewkesbury-based building preservation charity. It consists of three late-medieval timber-framed buildings and gardens next to Tewkesbury Abbey. Set up in 1980 and named in memory of local writer and naturalist, John Moore, the museum is home to an extensive natural history collection as well as the beautifully-restored Tudor Merchant’s House. We have recently renovated the historic Old Baptist Chapel, a heritage building with a rich and varied history of both domestic and religious use.
We hold a number of events throughout the year, including live animal events with bats and birds of prey, talks, tours and living history events with reenactors. We also run a learning programme for schools, families and adult interest groups.
The museum is run by two members of full-time staff and a group of committed volunteers. Our volunteers range from graduates seeking work experience to retired individuals wishing to bring their wealth of experience to the museum. We are looking for friendly volunteers to add to our existing team.
We have a modest but informed audience from Britain and abroad with whom we would expect our volunteers to engage. All volunteers work on Front of House which involves welcoming visitors, taking admission money, stewarding, answering questions and providing informal tours to small groups. There are opportunities to get involved with school visits and adult groups, as well as various behind the scenes projects, though this is down to the interest of the individual.
We do not offer travel expenses but can provide free parking. We also have a variety of social events from walks to quiz nights held throughout the year.
- Volunteers must be eighteen or over
- We ask that our volunteers commit to at least two days a month during the main season (April to October), either as half days or full days. It’s useful if you can also do the odd day during winter. Our summer opening times are Tuesday to Saturday plus bank holidays, 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm; winter openings are most Saturdays, bank holidays except Christmas and New Year, and school holidays (same times).
- All volunteers are involved in Front of House duties meaning that you will need to be friendly, confident and comfortable with chatting to people. A willingness to learn about the buildings and collections is important but there is no need for prior knowledge as we will provide training.
- With regret, the nature of the buildings means that it is unsuitable for wheelchair users and those with mobility issues.
If you would like to get involved, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.