The Volunteer Service

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!

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.

National Museums Directors Council asks why we love museums...

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


In 2015, 140 super scientists and science enthusiasts took part in Wow!How? our annual family friendly science fair.

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 not recruiting new volunteers at present.

However, we will post opportunities as they arise and open recruitment more generally in the spring.

We will then start taking expressions of interest again, particularly from people keen to help with our programme of Summer family friendly events.

In the meantime, the Museum of Oxford is recruiting...


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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