New volunteers are always welcome!
Elgin Museum is an independent museum, and is heavily dependent on the work of its volunteers.
All of us involved in running the Museum are volunteers, apart from our part-time Museum Assistant (Monday – Tuesday, and Wednesday morning), and our part-time Janitor. From time to time, through external grant funding, we are able to employ additional staff for specific projects. Unfortunately, we are unable to afford a Museum Curator at present.
Some of the tasks carried out by our volunteers:
During the “open season”, April to October inclusive
Front of house duties, meeting and greeting visitors and operating the small shop. For the Museum to be open to the public, we need two volunteers on duty for each morning or afternoon session, Monday to Saturday. Training and support are given, but no special skills are needed other than reliability, an interest in the Museum and in communicating with the public.
Throughout the year
Collections care – cataloguing, checking and photographing of museum objects in the stores, rearranging temporary displays.
Research – to answer queries about the collections, or for interpretation of displays.
Events – help with school visits, family activities and other events.
Administrative activities – to keep the show on the road including filing, web administration, publicity and fundraising.
In March each year, we hold training sessions for new volunteers and as updates for our regulars. New volunteers throughout the year receive training on an individual basis, and work as supernumeraries until confident to be on duty in their own right. In addition to in-house induction and training, volunteers are encouraged to take advantage of external training opportunities, to develop new skills and meet other volunteers in the museum world.
For more information on the roles and responsibilities of volunteers, please see the Elgin Museum Volunteers’ Handbook 2019 (pdf 387KB).
One of our volunteers has a role as mentor to the volunteers, both to supervise induction and to act as a point of contact should the need arise. We also work with tsiMoray, the local volunteer support organisation.
We are always keen to welcome new volunteers. Please contact us by email or call in for a chat to see if you think this is likely to be the right volunteering opportunity for you, and arrange to meet the Volunteer coordinator.
More details can be found on the Elgin Museum Volunteer Application Form and Agreement (pdf 188KB). Please read both sides of the form.