Current volunteering projects

Volunteering is a great way to give something back, and volunteers are essential for a wide variety of projects at the Museum.

Current projects range from getting hands-on with object handling to scouring the archives for hidden gems from our collections, or getting your hands dirty in the garden.


We have an enthusiastic team of volunteer Welcome Hosts who introduce groups to the new museum and galleries. You’ll get to know our galleries and objects with tours and training from Museum staff.


The Museum offers object handling sessions run by volunteers both to visitors in our galleries and for groups. Volunteers are fully trained to run sessions giving visitors the chance to get their hands on objects like a scythe handle and model plough.


The MERL Players bring our collections and local history to life by performing self-penned plays and speeches to visitors both within the museum and our local community. Their first production was an original play about The Berkshire Swing Riots which they performed in the Museum and for local history societies and libraries, bringing a once forgotten piece of rural history to new audiences. Their latest performance is inspired by the People Stories in the new galleries.


We have a brilliant team of gardening volunteers who keep the Museum’s garden spick and span. Known as the ‘Wednesday Wheelbarrows’, the team meets on a Wednesday morning and work on everything from weeding and watering to growing heritage vegetables.

Like what you see? Take a look at volunteer roles that we are now recruiting for and get involved with one of our projects.