2015 was the year of the volunteer, with over 43 individuals providing 453 days of support for Canterbury Museums & Galleries!

Our Volunteers are able to develop key skills, enhance their employability and confidence whilst contributing greatly to the service.

Volunteers work on a range of activities including exhibitions, collections, marketing and learning. Many student volunteers have developed valuable experience working within our team; with several acknowledging the experience they have gained as being a significant factor in securing employment.

My first week at my new internship is almost over and I just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you for the great opportunity to volunteer over the last few months. If I hadn’t volunteered for Canterbury Museums not only would I have NO idea of what I’m doing, but I would probably have never got (or looked for) this job in the first place.

Marlene Verde, MA Graduate, Marketing Volunteer Aug – Dec 2015

We are always keen to work with volunteers, both at The Beaney and across our other museums in the city. Volunteering is an excellent way to learn new skills and meet new people whether you are interested in getting into a career in museums, or would just like to help out. Volunteers will gain wide experience of museum work whilst helping out with many of the activities listed below.


Collections Volunteers

Collections volunteers have the opportunity to work across the following areas:

Museum events:
Assist in running activities and manning explorer and information points, as well as getting hands-on with tasks to help and inspire the visitor.

Exhibitions:
Assist with the unpacking, mirror plating, display hanging, preparation of captions and interpretation, taking down, packing and clearing up.

Learning resources:
Researching links with the national curriculum or the council’s strategic policies that help produce museum activities and events that will help us reach new audiences.

Artefact archiving and database entry:
Gain experience in cataloguing artefacts onto a computerised database and improving existing data. You will receive training in safe handling procedures and assist in labelling and storing the collections.

Collections research:
Researching the collections in order to increase our knowledge of the artefacts we hold. You will also assist in answering public enquiries about our items.

Digital scanning and photography of artefacts:
Taking digital images of artefacts with cameras and scanners for use on the museum database and for sale.

Interested? For more information and an application form email: craig.bowen@canterbury.gov.uk
Please put “Collections Volunteer” in the subject line.