Volunteers make an invaluable contribution to the museum carrying out a variety of work. We have a small and friendly team of around fifteen Volunteers supporting the museum’s two paid staff with a variety of tasks including: • Assisting the Museum Assistant with greeting visitors, shop sales, answering historical enquiries and invigilation. • Assisting the Curatorial Officer with managing, documenting and caring for the Museum Collection as well as on an ad-hoc basis special events and education.
We welcome Volunteers from all walks of life. The museum aims to support the work of its Volunteers. If you have some spare time on your hands and would like to use your knowledge, experience and skills to benefit the museum and its’ visitors then we would like to hear from you. Volunteer time commitments vary greatly, though a regular commitment is usually desirable; either an hour, half or full day per week, fortnight or month, but this depends on the role concerned.
One volunteer said ‘I became a volunteer at the museum because I saw a volunteer recruiting poster in Warwick library. At the time I was looking for a yoga class, but I thought why not give it a go, as I’m interested in history, enjoy visiting museums and like old artefacts. It’s never boring at the museum. I’ve been at the shop, spoken to visitors, answered written queries from people and developed the education services. Answering some of the many historical enquiries sent to the museum every year means that I’ve looked at things that I wouldn’t normally. Recently I learnt about the political history of Palestine, so it was very topical. Reading about World War I, particularly all those killed, I find very poignant. I find meeting ex-soldiers very interesting and am fascinated by hearing their experiences. I did not have any previous sales experience but I picked up this new skill quickly. I also like being able to give support to the permanent museum staff. I am able to do things that perhaps they do not get the time to do. It makes me feel that I am making a real difference.’