The Volunteer Service

Nearly fifty volunteers who identify as LGBTQ+ or as allies have been researching and writing a new cross-collections trail to highlight LGBTQ+ experiences

The Oxford University Museums and Collections are proud of their role in "promoting a tolerant and diverse society"...

What's it like explaining how worms age to visitors at one of our Super Science Saturday events?

'Touch Tour' volunteer Holly was recently interviewed on BBC Radio Oxford about her role helping to welcome blind and partially sighted visitors. 

... a chance for volunteers to practise science communication skills alongside staff from the museum, university departments, and other organisations

Our next public engagement inductions are:
JUNE: Mon 19th 2-4; Thu 22nd 5-7; Fri 23rd 2-4
JULY: Sat 1st 11-1

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


In the next few weeks, we are recruiting new volunteers for the opportunities listed below (click on the name of the opportunity to read a role description). Register here to join our mailing list and hear about these and other future opportunities.

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!


Public Engagement Volunteers - families and schools

Public Engagement Volunteers - general public and adults

  • Various museums
  • Various events
  • Deadline: ongoing
  • To get involved, register online and look out for an email about our next public engagement inductions.

Sunday Family Friendly Volunteers - families

  • Museum of Natural History
  • Sundays, 2 - 4 pm, once every 4 - 6 weeks
  • Deadline: ongoing
  • For more information or to express your interest, register online and get in touch with Jenny here.

Family Welcome Desk Volunteers - families

  • Ashmolean
  • Saturdays / Sundays, 2 - 4 pm, 1 - 3 times per month
  • Deadline: ongoing
  • For more information or to express your interest, register online and get in touch with Rowan here.

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