Volunteers at Amesbury History Centre help provide the best visitor experience and keep the centre running. Below is a brief description of the volunteer roles currently available. Click the find out more button to discover what each role entails and apply for that role.
You will provide invaluable support with a wide variety of administrative duties covering marketing, fundraising and volunteering.
Tasks could include:
• Assisting with evaluation
• Conducting research on different areas of marketing, fundraising and volunteering
• Overseeing mailouts
• Updating databases
Collections and Display Volunteer
You will be part of an enthusiastic team of volunteers helping to conserve and care for the diverse collections of Amesbury History Centre.
Tasks could include:
• Accurately document the location and nature of the artefacts in the history centre stores
• Provide accurate measurements of objects as required
• Enhance the collections database
• Photograph artefacts and edit images to be uploaded onto the history centre’s website
• Preserving the artefacts and displays through dusting, cleaning, pest control and other conservation methods.
• Carrying out conservation and environmental checks in the stores and history centre display areas.
• Improving existing collections storage for artefacts.
• Handling history centre artefacts in a careful and considered manner, following history centre guidelines and best practice techniques.
You will be part of developing and supporting our growing programme of community engagement work. You will help diverse audiences (including people with dementia, autism, and visual impairment) engage with the history centre and its collections both at the history centre and in community settings.
You will be working alongside our Curator. Tasks could include:
• Helping to develop the history centre’s Conservation Club for people living with dementia and their carers, and then deliver sessions to community groups and diverse audiences.
• Listening to and supporting participants who might experience barriers through disability, confidence, financial circumstances, or caring responsibilities.
• Begin to develop the Arts Council’s Bronze Arts Award, and then support young people to achieve that award by helping them build a portfolio of their work
• Working with our Curator on developing access materials (e.g., large print, social story)
• Assisting on tours for groups with particular needs e.g. autism, dementia, visual impairment
• Working with small groups of people on community listening projects by participating in conversations or Interviewing participants
• Supporting our Curator in evaluating projects via surveys, observations, and conversations with participants
• Admin support
Over the long term we hope to support volunteers to take ownership over aspects of the programme and feel confident in leading on parts of project, tours or evaluation.
You will be part of an enthusiastic team of volunteers enhancing the visitor experience of Amesbury History Centre
• Welcome visitors into the history centre
• To be friendly and informative
• Engage with visitors and answer questions about the exhibits (add an extra layer of information to the visitor experience)
• Direct visitors around the rest of the exhibition space
• To assist visitors including families and children with exhibition interactives
• To maintain a level of tidiness and order around the history centre
• To assist with the flow of visitors (particularly in busy periods) through the history centre
• To be vigilant at all times with regard to safety and security with the collection and visitors
• To understand and comply with the fire evacuation procedure
• To undertake visitor surveys on behalf of the history centre
You will assist audiences in engaging with the history centre and its collections through our year long programme of events both at the history centre and across Wiltshire. You will also possibly get involved with wider history centre marketing such as leaflet and poster distribution.
To support our programme of family events throughout the year delivered at the history centre – this includes archaeological events and family fun days during school holidays. Events can include craft activities, storytelling, drama and music. Main duties will include:
• Setting up the event space
• Supporting families in the activity
• Keeping the event space clean and tidy throughout the day and the equipment well stocked
• Possibly documenting the event through photography
• Possibly carrying out evaluation of the event
• Clearing up the event space at the end of the day
To support our programme of outreach events – which could include attending History Festivals and community events, such as Amesbury Carnival. Main duties will include:
• Helping to manage a stall with promotional material
• Assisting with the set-up and take down of the stall
• Interacting with the general public to promote the history centre
• Engaging the general public with artefacts from the collection
• Interacting with family groups through quizzes and ‘make-and-take’ activities
To support history centre marketing:
• Assisting with leaflet and poster distribution at events and around Amesbury to publicise the history centre
You will assist with the turnaround of our temporary exhibitions.
• It primarily involves preparing the walls of the exhibition gallery before the next exhibition is installed
• The role could also include painting, hanging artworks, mounting labels, exhibition research and administration
Front of House Volunteer
You will be part of our friendly visitor service team, working in a busy retail environment, interfacing with the public and helping to deliver a high standard of customer service.
The role will involve, some or all of the below activities:
• Welcoming visitors in a friendly and informative way
• Working with other volunteers in managing visitors entering the history centre
• Helping with purchases including entry tickets
• Informing visitors about the history centre collections, exhibitions, and events
• Working with other volunteers to keep all areas, clean and well-stocked
• Working on an electronic till (till training will be given)
• To work as part of team on a rota
Maintaining the grounds, gardens, and outbuildings to a high standard, ensuring all visitors receive a good first impression of the site. Help to maintain the history centre’s new building, situated in Church Street.
• Install and repair fixtures & fittings
• Small plumbing repairs, blocked toilets/ sinks, fitting toilet seats, sink tap & pipework leaks
• Fixing blinds, mounting signage, furniture moving and repair
• Escort sub-contractors around site as and when required
• Any other duties as reasonably required
• Keep flower beds free from weeds
• Cutting & pruning of hedges and bushes
• Watering grounds as required
• Leaf blowing of pathway, driveway, and carpark
• Responsible for maintaining and servicing of machinery and tools
• Ensure all tools are cleaned and stored after use
• Upkeep of outdoor furniture
• Keep site clear of rubbish and litter
• Clean bin area weekly
• Dispose of waste following the recycling procedures
• Portray a professional image at all times dealing with visitor’s requirements in a warm welcoming and effective manner.
• To communicate regularly with the Site Manager
To take all reasonable steps to ensure the safety of visitors, volunteers, property, and the building.
• Wear appropriate PPE
You will be part of our new learning department helping children, young people, and families (and occasional adult groups) engage with the history centre through formal and informal learning.
Tasks could include:
• To support school sessions (KS1-3) on e.g. the Normans, Saxons, Romans, and Stonehenge People
• To support formal and informal learning sessions for youth and secondary school audiences
• To help deliver educational sessions for diverse groups (e.g. elderly; special needs groups; or foreign groups)
• To develop a monthly event for pre-schoolers