Now recruiting

Our volunteer team is always evolving and growing, so why not get involved?

We are currently looking for volunteers to join us in these roles:


Have you always wanted to get your hands on museum objects? Go beyond the cases and become an object handling volunteer!

You’ll be trained to help visitors handle museum objects correctly and show them what they can learn about our objects by holding them and looking closely. We’re looking for enthusiastic people with an interest in our collections. You’ll need to be comfortable speaking to visitors and working alongside others.

Volunteers need to commit to three training sessions, but your time commitment for the role is flexible.


A museum’s work goes beyond the building that houses its collection. We attend events in our local community to spread the word about the Museum and encourage people to visit. We’re looking for sociable, confident people who will enjoy chatting with event attendees about what’s on offer at the Museum and are happy getting out and about in the community to support museum staff at outreach events.

This role is very flexible and has no regular time commitment, although events are often held at weekends or evenings.


The Museum has a beautiful garden which our gardening team, the Wednesday Wheelbarrows, helps to maintain. No experience is necessary to join the team, just enthusiasm and a willingness to get your hands dirty! The team meets on a Wednesday morning.


To apply for any of these roles, please email

Volunteer at Reading Museum

We encourage you to explore opportunities for volunteering both at Reading Museum and here at the MERL.

Reading Museum is located in the centre of town and explores archaeology, art, natural history, ethnography and objects relating to Reading. They also preserve and run the Reading Abbey Quarter.