Can you help?
Did you know that Malton Museum is run by volunteers? Aided by a part-time Development Officer, the museum relies on its volunteers to run and deliver its learning programmes, provide a welcoming environment for our visitors and care for its collections. There are lots of opportunities to be involved and we are always looking for new people to join us.
Below are some of the ways you could be involved-
The team meet every other Thursday from 9.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4pm. This is an exciting opportunity to handle and learn about the objects held in the museum’s collections. These include objects from prehistoric stone tools and Roman pottery to 19th and 20th-century items, all illustrating the area’s rich history.
Work includes repackaging the collection to modern standards, updating the records, cataloging objects in more detail, and photographing them, as well as preparing objects for displays and events.
Experience in handling finds is welcome but not essential, and training will be given.
The team meet on an ad hoc basis and plan and deliver a range of learning activities. This includes family workshops in the school holidays, outreach sessions at libraries and other heritage sites. The team are currently expanding their handling sessions with adults’ groups, so will be seeking volunteers to help deliver the sessions, many of which will take place in an evening.
Front of House Team
This team welcomes the visitors to the museum on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays between April to October, doing approximately 3-hour shifts. They interact with visitors, usually being the first person they meet. They help the visitor to make the most of their visit, to know what is available and to understand what they are seeing, and share information about upcoming activities and events. This is a vital role in encouraging return visits and spreading positive information about the museum. Training will be given and an information file is available.
Throughout the life of our Malton Goes to Market exhibition, there will be opportunities for shorter, specific projects. For example, in our first project, we will be working with local businesses and a Yorkshire-based food historian to produce a recipe book. During the summer we will be measuring, mapping and identify business premises in some of Malton’s oldest streets. An oral history project will start later in the year. We are also looking for volunteers to help with specific tasks such as photography at events, sewing costumes, creating newsletters, blogs or researching specific items.
All the museum’s volunteers receive training and are encouraged to nurture their own interests and skills.
If you would like to find out more about how you could get involved, please ask our Front of House staff for an application form, or click below and return it, or drop us an email at [email protected].