We love working with volunteers. And people love volunteering with us.

Museums Partnership Reading is an Arts Council England funded partnership between The MERL and Reading Museum. At both museums, we want you to feel part of a team, to have fun and meet new people, get a chance to explore a hobby or interest, or perhaps to gain experience in the workplace while developing supplementary skills to enhance a CV too.

Our roles are varied and well-supported, and volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds.  We aim to reflect the diverse community of Reading. We are accredited by Investing in Volunteers, the UK quality standard for good practice in volunteer management.

Volunteers help us in lots of ways to help us connect more people to our collections and events, and we’re dedicated to giving you the best experience possible.

To apply to be a volunteer for Museums Partnership Reading, get yourself a cuppa and follow this link to the volunteering platform to complete your volunteer application.

While you are there, you can browse a complete list of all roles performed by existing Museums Partnership Reading volunteers. When we have a vacancy for a role, it will say *Now recruiting* next to the title of the role. Feel free to tick a few that interest you, so that we can let you know in future if a vacancy arises for that role.

Please give us as much relevant information as you like, including how you feel you meet the requirements of the volunteering role, and how you would like to help. On some occasions more volunteers apply for the role than we have opportunity for in the rota. The more we know about you and what you are interested in, the easier it is for us to match you. You are welcome to attach your CV if you wish.

Remember to indicate in the Availability section if specific days of the week or time of day work best around your other commitments.

When you are happy with your application, please don’t forget to click SUBMIT – otherwise we will never receive the form!

Once you are registered, you’ll join the waiting list.

As soon as we are recruiting to that role, we will get in touch with our matches and invite them to an informal interview. This can be over Zoom/ Teams, or in person according to your preference.

If you need any help with the application process, please email VolunteerHQ@reading.ac.uk and we will do our best to help. A hard copy version of the application form is available if you are not confident in using computers or have limited digital access.

Thank you.

*We are lucky enough to receive a high volume of volunteer applications. We will get in touch as soon as we are actively recruiting to a vacancy that matches the information on your form. Sometimes there may be a wait of some months before we can match you to a role, but please be assured we work as fast as we can to give as many people as possible the opportunity to join our volunteer family. We hope you agree it is worth the wait!*

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