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Volunteer

The Museum is a registered charity and an Accredited Museum run entirely by volunteers.

The range of tasks in running the museum is very varied.

We are always looking out for new people with a variety of skills.

Why be a museum volunteer?

Museum volunteers are motivated by a wide range of factors. Here are some of the common ones but it is not an exclusive list!

  • An interest in local history
  • Meeting new people
  • Putting something back into the community
  • Enjoy being part of a team
  • Keeping active in retirement
  • Gaining experience
  • Building confidence
  • Learning new skills
  • Gaining new perspectives on the museum & its work

The museum is going through a period of change, all volunteers will have the opportunity input into the changes being made. All volunteers are part of a team passionate about the Museum and the history and heritage of Ashford.

What roles need filling?

Listed are vacancies for volunteer positions which we are currently seeking to fill.
Please remember that all positions are unpaid – do not apply if you are looking for a salary.

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Steward

Volunteer Museum Stewards are needed to welcome visitors to the museum, ensure they get the most from their visit by answering or taking details of any questions. If you are interested in local history and/or like talking to people this could be for you.

Skills required: friendly and welcoming and happy to talk to visitors about the museum and its exhibits.

Time commitment: Stewards normally work in pairs either once or twice per month. Volunteering sessions run from 10:45am to 2:00pm, Tuesday to Saturday, betewen April and October.

Volunteers select the sessions they want to fill. Our volunteer co-ordinator will contact volunteers to ask if they are available for any unfilled sessions but there is never any compulsion.

Some cleaning is required.

Collections Care

The role: A reliable person to join our friendly behind the scenes team assisting with numbering, packing and storing items donated to the Museum.
Skills required: The desire to work as part of a team. A keen sense of history would be an advantage for researching into some of the more interesting stories. IT skills would be preferable but not essential.
Training will be given as appropriate.

Secretary

Role

The Trustees and Committee Chair would like a volunteer who can support Committee Meetings, Trustee Meetings, informal open volunteer/member meetings and the Society’s AGM, including:

  • ensure the smooth and efficient running of meetings, providing assistance and support to the Chair of the Committee and the Chair of the Trustees.
  • liaise with the chairs to plan and prepare the meetings and AGM with others as appropriate (planning dates, booking venues, sending out agendas, minutes and other papers.)
  • Minute meetings or ensure another minute taker is available.
  • Accurately record decisions and actions in the minutes

Commitment: Trustee meetings are held as required but typically at approximately two monthly intervals in the early evening. Committee Meetings have been held four times per year,during the afternoon. Recently started volunteer/meetings are being held monthly during the day, but the frequency may reduce as deemed appropriate.
Please message us if you are interested in this role.

Committee Meetings and Volunteer/Member meetings are held in an Ashford Town Centre Venue. It has become practice for Trustee Meeting to be held virtually. Other work can be carried out from home.

Skills required: Administration, basic IT skills – internet & email, organising, planning, reading and writing

Some meetings are held virtually; basic experience of attending virtual meetings would be of benefit.

An interest in heritage and the history of Ashford, whilst not essential, will allow the successful candidate to have a more active interest in the role and to benefit from the development of the Museum.

Benefits

The museum is going through a period of change, all volunteers will have the opportunity input into the changes being made. The role involves working with a team passionate about the Museum and the history and heritage of Ashford.

Assistant Treasurer

Our Treasurer needs somebody to help keep the Museum’s accounts and prepare financial reports for Committee and Trustee Meetings and the information required for examination of the accounts.

The Museum’s Accounts are maintained using simple ‘receipts and payments’ bookkeeping methods on Excel Spreadsheets. Standard reporting formats have been developed for reporting and for the annual statement.

The role could develop to assume the role of Treasurer.

Skills required: Experience in the use of multi-sheet Excel workbooks

Equipment required: Access to a computer with Microsoft Excel installed.

Time commitment: 4-5 hours per week, at times mutually convenient for volunteer and Treasurer but as the role develops more of the time will be working independently, mostly from home.

Assistant Oral History Coordinator

Are you an organised person with an eye for detail who’d like to help bring this project to fruition?,

Duties: Assisting with the management of the project. Liaising with potential contributors, enabling volunteers to undertake their duties by organising oral history interviews, together with promoting the project.

Skills needed: good communication skills, be that via email, letter or phone. Organisation and a passion for history and community projects.

Rewards: A chance to use your skills and to gain some new ones. The opportunity to meet and work with new people. The knowledge that you will be helping to create a unique archive for future generations.

Equipment needed: use of a computer, phone and internet.

A combination of both remote and in-person working within Ashford town centre.

Time commitment: 5-6 per month, flexible to fit with your preferences and as required.

Oral history interviewers

Do you like meeting new people? Listening to their perspectives and discovering new aspects of the area’s history?

Skills required: a friendly outgoing nature, a genuine interest in people and their experiences, a willingness to work with others to ensure that contributors have a rewarding experience, to work within the guidelines set and to undertake the training provided.

These will be face-to-face interviews which are most likely to take place within Ashford town centre.

Equipment needed: access to a phone.

Time commitment: 2-3 hours per month, as required.

Transcript typist

Can you audio type? Yes! We desperately need your skills.

Each oral history needs to be transcribed for use by researchers and especially so that we can provide access to the collection by those with hearing difficulties.

Skills required: ability to audio type

Equipment required: access to a computer and ideally internet access.

This is a role which is ideal for remote working, with audio recordings supplied via the Internet and transcripts returned via email.

Scanning and cataloguing assistants

The role: To scan contributor’s photographs and documents and accurately record these into the collection catalogue.

Skills required: patience, an eye for detail and the desire to work as part of a team. The ability to access the equipment required as part of the role, which is sited at Ashford Museum.

Full training will be provided.

Time Commitment: As required, flexible and by mutual agreement but anticipated 2- 4 hours per month.

Please complete the details below and tap ‘Submit’ to express an interest in helping: