Opportunities to Help with School Groups

Most school visits are either self-led or taught by professional Museum Education staff. However, some sessions really benefit from volunteer support: to help students engage with particular activities and to help ensure that things run smoothly and to time. 

The volunteer’s role is to facilitate rather than to teach. Briefing is usually given on the day, but sometimes volunteers meet with staff in advance. Volunteers are not responsible for students' behaviour and will not be left alone with students (i.e. there will always be a member of staff, a teacher, or a parent with a group).

To find out more about the sorts of sessions volunteers help with, please see the examples below.

The Mariner's Trail

Secondary Schools: Volunteers help students navigate their way around the Museum of the History of Science using an interactive map and coordinate system to discover some of the many objects used to navigate at sea. Volunteers also occasionally help with object handling of either navigational instruments or sundials.

Dino Days

Secondary Schools: Museum Makeover is a fun activity in which students look at the dinosaur models in the Museum of Natural History and take a picture of themselves next to their favourite one. They then pick out features of the model that are probably accurate, e.g. size, and features that probably involve some guess work, e.g. colour. (One of the aims of the activity is to show that scientists' ideas become more accurate with evidence.) Volunteers help students with the cameras and printers. They also occasionally help with plaster 'fossil casting'.

DNA Demonstrators

Secondary Schools: Day-long ‘Question of Taste’ (PCT) workshops at the Museum of Natural History give students the opportunity to experience PCR and electrophoresis using the same equipment and protocols used in university labs. Volunteers with experience of working in molecular biology labs support the delivery of these workshops.

Education Guides

A trained team of volunteers leads guided trails for Primary school groups at the Pitt Rivers Museum. These guided trails highlight key objects relating to a variety of topics in an interesting and interactive way.



Some of these opportunities require specific training. This will be made clear when we advertise a role.

Role Descriptions

Click on any of the roles below to open a Word document with details of that role.

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