Young volunteers

If you are aged between 14-18 and interested in how museums and archives work or are planning to study history, then come along and volunteer at The MERL!

What can we offer?

There are plenty of roles available that offer a wide range of experiences, training and a chance to see what really does go on ‘behind the scenes’ at the Museum.

We’re looking for young volunteers who are enthusiastic and keen to get stuck in to object handling and events management or archiving and cataloguing. We have a wide range of roles to suit your interests.

Our young volunteering sessions normally take place after school, at weekends or during school holidays.


Don’t just take our word for it – this is how one of our young volunteers describes the benefits of giving time to the museum:

‘As well as gaining a range of skills, there’s a lot I get out of volunteering for MERL. It’s very good for university applications, because it shows that you care about your subject (history, in my case) outside of lessons, and you’re volunteering your free time to do work around it. I also learn more about history than just what is on the school syllabus.’

Get in touch!

To find out more about volunteering with us, please contact