The Volunteer Service

Volunteer Sophie recently wrote about her experience at 'Super Science Saturday: Life', explaining to visitors young and old about how worms age.

Volunteer Holly Stack recently helped with the first in a new series of Touch Tours: part of the project, 'Sensing Culture: Revealing the Oxford University Museums for the Blind and Partially Sighted' 

Volunteers recently joined museum and department staff for a new family event. From maps to minerals and earthquakes to earthworms, there was plenty to discover!

New volunteer keen to help at ad hoc events? Our next inductions are: 
Mon 27 June, 2 - 4
Thu 30 June, 5 - 7
Tue 12 July, 10 - 12
Wed 13 July, 2 - 4

Between April 15 and January 16, volunteers helped the Museum of Natural History develop and deliver 'Handwritten in Stone'. Here, the Director teaches some of the volunteers how to read geological maps.

Find out what volunteers have been getting up to in the past few months...


Have you seen Ashmolean volunteer Nick in his starring role as Zeus yet?

If not, then check out the MIC parody filmed in the museum's Cast Gallery!

We know that science communication isn't for everyone, but for some of our volunteers, it's in the DNA...

Pitt Rivers volunteer guides have highlighted the truly international nature of WWI using wartime objects in the collection.

Read the Museum of Natural History's blog celebrating its volunteers

Thank you for your interest in volunteering.

We are currently recruiting new 'General Family Friendly' volunteers, especially anyone who will be around from June to September.

Please email us for a registration form and for information about upcoming inductions.

We are not currently recruiting for any other roles but will update this page when we are.

The Volunteer Service supports volunteers across the seven Oxford University Museums and Collections. We are very grateful to our volunteers, whose vital contributions make a real and valued difference to our work.

Most volunteers work with the public: from helping with family friendly activities to manning the information desk, and from stewarding late-night events to delivering introductory tours.

A small number of volunteers help in other areas of the collections: assisting curatorial, administrative, or education staff in a more behind-the-scenes capacity.

Volunteering can be a great way to build skills and confidence. You don't need specialist knowledge to volunteer; what you will need is an enthusiasm for the collections and a willingness to get stuck in!

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