Volunteers are the lifeblood of Museums Partnership Reading.

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

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 won a 2019 Investing in Volunteers accreditation, the UK quality standard for good practice in volunteer management.

Volunteers help us make our collections and events more accessible to others.  Whether you want to greet visitors and be Front of House, support under 5’s with their learning on Friday Fledglings, help us check in with our visitors and shape the future programme of The MERL, or get involved with our new VR equipment helping visitors experience life as a sheep farmer, or being part of the ground crew at one of our special events, we’re dedicated to giving you the best experience possible.  And we’re always thinking of new ways volunteers can get involved with our programming.

Obviously with the Covid pandemic, things are a bit more complicated than they once were. But there are still opportunities to get involved and be part of our volunteer family.

We are currently looking for six Volunteer Researchers, who will research people and institutions from Reading found in the Museum of English Rural Life and Reading Museum’s collections, producing information that can be added to Wikipedia. We invite applications through our volunteering platform to be submitted by Sunday February 14th.

Our partner museum, Reading Museum, also features its volunteering opportunities on the volunteering platform.

To apply to be a volunteer for Museums Partnership Reading, get yourself a cuppa and follow this link to complete your volunteer application http://bttr.im/w2yev  

You will see a complete list of all roles performed by existing Museums Partnership Reading volunteers. Feel free to tick any that interest you, so that we can let you know in future if a vacancy arises for that role.

When you’re happy with your application, don’t forget to click SUBMIT! If you need any help with the application process please email VolunteerHQ@reading.ac.uk and we will do our best to help.

Thank you.

*We are lucky enough to receive a high volume of volunteer applications. We aim to respond to all applications within 30 days.*

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