Volunteering Exeter Museum Devon Museum
Volunteering is a great way to get involved with Exeter’s world class museum – you can share your knowledge, learn new skills and meet new people. Volunteers range from university students who wish to gain some valuable experience, those between roles looking to diversify their skills to retired or part-time workers who wish to see their talents being put to a worthwhile cause.
To volunteer at RAMM you must be at least 18 years of age. If you are 15 to 17 years of age you may wish to consider one of our Work Experience opportunities.
Below you will find a list of our current volunteer opportunities. Click on the beside each opportunity to read a more in-depth role profile. If you find an opportunity that interests you then please apply immediately by completing an application form in the top right of this screen.
Would you like to be able to volunteer from the comfort of your own home?
Friends’ Membership Admin Volunteer
Photo of the Friends of RAMM chair Alan Caig with the newly acquired Keble Martin drawings and
Holly Morgenroth, RAMM’s curator of Natural Science
The Friends have been supporting RAMM for nearly 50 years. Their financial assistance has helped secure recent acquisitions such as paintings by Samuel Palmer, Thomas Rowlandson and John Piper, a medieval gold ‘tau’ ring and an Exeter Mint penny from the reign of William II. They also help to fund conservation of existing and new items in RAMM’s collections, such as the original artworks used for Keble Martin’s book ‘The Concise British Flora in Colour’.
Friends also contribute towards the museum’s busy programme of public talks and special events.
Introduction to the role
The purpose of this voluntary role is to administer the Friends’ membership scheme. The Friends of RAMM is an independent charity which supports the museum and organises a programme of events for its members. Your main tasks will be to:
This is a long-term commitment and is only suitable for those that wish to volunteer for at least two years.
The time commitment for this volunteer role is approximately two days per month. There are some periods that are busier than others, such as November, when the majority of subscriptions are renewed. You will be able to choose your shifts in agreement with the Treasurer/Chair of the Friends, with the option to choose the same shift every week or vary it as required.
Most of the admin can be done remotely from your home, but some tasks (such as preparing and sending the print newsletter) will require time in RAMM.
You must have access to your own PC / laptop.
You will report to the Treasurer of the Friends and work closely with other members of the Friend’s committee, particularly the Secretary and the Chair, who will be able to support you. Occasionally you will work alongside members of the RAMM admin team as required.
Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM)
In Plain Sight:
In Plain Sight is a major exhibition opening on 29 January 2022 at RAMM exploring the museum’s and Devon’s links with centuries of trading enslaved African people across the Atlantic.
The exhibition investigates aspects of the transatlantic slave trade that are all around us, but for some remain ‘hidden in plain sight’.
It is a co-curated exhibition with contributions from the local community and a contemporary artist.
The role of Exhibition Guide is to interact with visitors and make them welcome. It is anticipated there will be variety of questions and emotions that people will have about the content of the material and we will train you to assist and support them.
As with all our roles, we welcome applications from members of the African diaspora.
This role relates specifically to the exhibition In Plain Sight with the option to continue volunteering in other roles at RAMM once it closes.
The opportunity is open to anyone 18 years of age and over. You should possess good communication and listening skills, and the ability to work as part of a team. You should have a smart appearance and wear a face covering/mask, or clear visor, unless you are exempt.
When and What
The time commitment for this volunteer role is a minimum of 2 hours weekly with timeout for holidays and other responsibilities. If you are successful in your application, you will be offered the option of a pre-booked regular weekly slot or to choose your own shifts in advance.
The exhibition is open for four months from the 29 January to 29 May 2022. We envisage that February and March will be of particular interest to those of you who are in education before Easter break, with April and May providing a greater opportunity for the wider community to become involved.
The available shifts will be 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm, excluding Mondays and bank holidays.
It is important that you attend training for this role before you can start. Training will commence in January with a selection of dates leading up to the date the exhibition opens. We will also provide training beyond the opening date for those of you from the wider community who may prefer to join us a bit later in April and May.
The required training will include:
We will also be looking at a way for the team to be able to share thoughts, observations and personal responses with each other.
More about the exhibition
Since 2018, RAMM has been working with a network of researchers and experts to shed light on this hidden history.
Using the museum’s collections and contemporary sources, In Plain Sight traces the local industries that relied on the trade and the lives of the people who benefitted from its profits. It also features a newly commissioned film, which reflects on RAMM’s iconic painting ‘Portrait of an African’ and a new commission by the acclaimed artist Joy Gregory. Gregory has worked with the museum team, the exhibition’s advisory panel and local community members to create a work responding to the themes of In Plain Sight.
How to apply
We hope you would like to apply for this role and encourage you to do so without delay.
Applications will initially close on the 9 December at 6pm for those who wish to be onboard from the start of the exhibition. We will then reopen applications in January for those who would like to join us in April (note training will be during March for those starting in April).
If you are a university or college student, who does not reside permanently in the Exeter area, you will need to apply by the 9 December.
If you would like us to hold your details on our database, so that we may contact you in the future about suitable opportunities, please register with us by completing an enquiry form.
If you wish to apply for a role advertised on this page then complete the online application form, please do not complete the enquiry form.
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