Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organisation.

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.

Role descriptions for each of our available roles are listed below. Take a look.

And to apply to be a volunteer at The MERL, get yourself a cuppa and fill in the volunteer application below (and don’t forget to click SUBMIT!)


We are currently looking for volunteers in the following areas.

If you are interested in any of these roles please fill in the form below.