Volunteer Gallery Guide - UoR Classics Students only

In the Company of Monsters - Volunteer Gallery Guide

N.B. This vacancy is open to current University of Reading Classics Students only

Location: Reading Museum

Role description

Why we want you?

You have been recruited to be confident and friendly volunteers to engage visitors with the ‘In the Company of Monsters’ exhibition.

A depiction of Polyphemus the one-eyed giant son of Poseidon and Thoosa in Greek mythology, looming in huge scale behind some industrial buildings and a tall chimney

What you will be doing

  • You will be based in the ‘In the Company of Monsters’ exhibition in the John Madejski Gallery at Reading Museum
  • You will help explain the exhibition’s mythological content to visitors and generate discussion around it to enthuse them
  • Reading Museum gallery team members would also appreciate hearing more about the exhibition content from you
  • You will invite visitors to complete surveys about their response to the exhibition
  • You will receive a volunteer induction and an introduction to the gallery content prior to your start
  • Ideally you will stand to greet visitors, but chairs can be provided if needed
  • You can take a rest break mid-shift


This role will suit you if you are:

  • Confident, outgoing and polite
  • Willing to engage with members of the public
  • Knowledgeable about classical mythology
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Self-motivated and pro-active
  • Have good communication skills
  • Experience in a customer-facing role would be useful

What will you get in return?

  • Meet a wide range of people
  • Develop your communication skills
  • Learn more about museum visitor services
  • Being part of a friendly team
  • Gain some new skills for your CV

How much time will you need to give?
Suggested shifts are from 2 – 4pm on Saturdays, but you are welcome to stay until we close at 5pm.

Who does the role report to?

On Saturday you will report to the Duty Manager at Reading Museum.
For any questions relating to the academic content, please liaise with Professor Emma Aston. e.m.m.aston@reading.ac.uk

For operational queries outside of these times, you can email Lucy.Griffin@reading.gov.uk Visitor Services Officer who works Monday – Thursdays.

To register
Please complete your volunteer registration form on our volunteering platform Better Impact, ensuring you tick the Interest ‘Volunteer Gallery Guide – UoR Classics Students only’.

If you are using a mobile or tablet, once you click ‘Fill in an Application’, look out for the suggestion ‘It looks like you are on a mobile device. For a better experience on smart phones, go to Mobile Application Form’ and click on the link it suggests.

When you are happy with your application, please don’t forget to click SUBMIT – otherwise we will never receive your form! 

You are welcome to tick other interests on your application form if you are interested in being considered for other Museums Partnership volunteering roles.

We sometimes find that more volunteers apply for the role than we have vacancies.
You are welcome to attach your CV if you wish, but please include key relevant information when answering the application form questions, as this may be used if we need to shortlist from a larger group of applicants.