The Volunteer Service

This year two volunteer Primary School Education Guides stepped down after an incredible fifty-one years of combined service at the Pitt Rivers 

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 September public engagement inductions for new family friendly, meet and greet, and school volunteers are:
Thu 7th 5-7, Fri 8th 10-12, Mon 11th 2-4, and Thu 14th 5-7

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


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

We are currently recruiting volunteers for the opportunities listed below (click on the name of the opportunity to read a role description). To join our mailing list and hear about these and other future opportunities, register here.

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: our next inductions will be in September
  • To get involved, register online and look out for an email about the next inductions dates.

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.

Book Listing Project Volunteers - behind the scenes

  • Ashmolean Eastern Art
  • Flexible, but normal working hours, weekly for 10 weeks September - December
  • Deadline: 12th September
  • To express your interest, register online and get in touch with Aimee here, as per the role description.

DNA Workshop Volunteers - Sixth Form students

  • Museum of Natural History
  • Various dates 3rd - 19th October
  • Deadline: 14th September
  • To express your interest, register online and get in touch with Sarah here, as per the role description.


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