Can you help?
Did you know that Malton Museum is run by volunteers? Aided by a part-time Project Manager, 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.
We currently have the following opportunities –
Front of House Team
This team welcomes the visitors to the museum on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays between April and 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, letting them know what is available, helping them to understand what they are seeing, and sharing 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.
Learning Team – Adults
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, and outreach sessions at libraries and other heritage sites. The team is currently expanding its handling sessions with adults’ groups, so will be seeking volunteers to help deliver the sessions, many of which will take place in an evening. Training will be given.
From time to time there are opportunities to participate in shorter-term projects, which will be announced here.
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.
The team meet every 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.
The 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.