The Volunteer Service

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?

In January, volunteer Holly 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!

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.

Statement on Inclusion

"Oxford’s museums, libraries and gardens are trusted and social spaces: warm and welcoming to people of all ages and backgrounds and to visitors from all over the world. The objects in museum collections, interpreted by skilled staff and volunteers from all walks of life, help people make sense of an increasingly confusing world, providing joy and inspiration as well as a platform for debate. Museums have a key part to play in promoting a tolerant and diverse society and UK museums are committed to continuing this vital role." For more, click here


Thank you for your interest in volunteering. We are not currently recruiting new volunteers. However, we will likely re-open recruitment for ad hoc public engagement volunteers (family friendly, schools, meet and greet) in September. Watch this space...!

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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