St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery

Open 10am - 5pm, Monday to Saturday
10am - 4pm on Sunday

01590 676969

Job Type: Volunteer

We are inviting expressions of interest for a new Learning Volunteer role in family and informal learning at St Barbe Museum.

We are in the process of implementing new learning sessions for our schools offer and would love to bring on board a new volunteer with a background in delivering or supporting learning sessions to primary school children in an informal setting.

We also welcome applications from those:

·         with a keen interest in history, arts, archaeology

·         who hold a heritage or teaching qualification

·         with experience in education delivery or support.

We would support the development of your professional skills through networking and inclusion in professional development events when possible.

The role requires flexibility and would involve supporting and leading sessions plus assisting with resourcing them. Delivery of the sessions may be up to three days per month and content planning a further 2-3 days. However, we are flexible regarding your commitment.

You will be working under the supervision of the Learning and Engagement Officer and refer to her as your first and main point of contact.

Specific tasks:

-          Assisting, supporting, collaborating on the preparation and delivery aspects of school and family activities and other outreach events

-          To become familiar with the Museum and Art Gallery’s material, displays and changing exhibition as well as local history

-          Bring a positive ‘can do’ attitude and be flexible and helpful with activities

-          Handling materials and activity boxes, and helping with loading and unloading vehicles when off site

-          Venue preparation and clear up and tidy after each session.


What can I expect from St Barbe Museum Learning Volunteers Team?

-          A welcoming and friendly team of volunteers and staff to work with

-          The opportunity to meet like-minded people

-          The opportunity to learn and develop new skills

-          Annual social events

-          The opportunity to attend a private view of Museum exhibitions and a training tour with our exhibition curator.

-          Refreshments (tea, coffee, water);

-          Induction and annual refresher training plus potential relevant training for your role.

What can St Barbe Museum expect from the Learning Volunteer?

Our volunteers are important to us and we value your commitment and support. However, we do ask the following of you:

-          To support the Museum’s aims and objectives

-          To perform your role to the best of your ability

-          To treat information regarding the Museum’s finances, other volunteers and staff in a confidential manner

-          To take part in training sessions relating to Health and Safety and knowledge of the Museum’s activities and procedures

-          To be polite and courteous, demonstrating good customer care to everybody when representing the Museum

-          Always wear your Learning Volunteer’s badge when on the Museum premises

-          Be on time

-          Inform the Learning and Engagement Officer if you are unable to attend as arranged or if you are going to be late

-          To avoid actions which might reflect badly on the Museum

-          Inform a member of staff immediately of any problems or dangers, accidents, inappropriate or suspicious behaviour, violence or vandalism

-          Look clean and tidy and dress appropriately

-          To work within the law, insurance requirements and Health and Safety procedures.


Please note:

All personal information provided to the Museum will remain confidential;

All volunteers are covered by the Museum’s insurance and policies relating to Health and Safety;

The Learning and Engagement Officer you will be working with is DBS checked and has received Emergency First Aid Training.

Please understand that our volunteers have no contract of employment with St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery.

For further information or informal discussion please email: Paola Palma (Learning and Engagement) at: