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Current Volunteer Opportunities

Activities Team

Professor Jigget

If you'd like to get hands on with the, preparation and delivery, of activities for all ages, support our very own artist in residence Professor Jigget Perhaps this is the role for you? 


Meet & greet reception

Our meet & greet volunteers situated at the reception desk in the main entrance will create a warm welcome for visitors as they arrive.  Predominately this role will involve, signposting, booking in, and advising on upcoming events. This is a varied position with lots of interaction, an opportunity to enhance our visitor experience.

Retail Assistant

We have exciting opportunities to join our retail team in our brand new Whitaker Shop. Assisting customers with purchases, processing sales, restocking and pricing stock, whether you have previous retail experience, would like to learn all there is to know about retail or just like to shop and be surrounded by beautiful products this could be the role for you. 


Gallery Attendants


This is a fabulous role for anyone with an interest in collections or art, with exclusive opportunities to meet artists,. This is an interactive role, available to signpost visitors, answer questions, supporting gallery activities, sharing information about collections, artists and their work.


We have many different and exciting roles available within the collections team. Working along side our collections curator you can get involved in research, conservation cleaning, archiving and digitisation of collections and much more. The opportunities within this team can be individually tailored to suit your interests and skills. We have access to lots of training to further your knowledge or skills or learn new ones. The work in this area is flexible and can be done in at the museum, individually, in small teams and some remote working is available as well. To find out more about how you can get involved in this exciting team just drop us a line and you can have an informal chat with our Collections Curator.

Building Maintenance Crew

We have an amazing team of volunteers who keep our beautiful building looking fabulous and in tip top condition. If you have experience in painting, DIY, woodwork, generally practical then we would love to hear from you. Some of this work is best conducted when the museum is closed to the public, however there are opportunities for some work to be done when the museum is open. To find out more get in touch with Lara

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Mission Statement

We look creatively at the past and present to help develop and influence our future.

The Whitaker is dedicated to supporting people’s right to a Cultural life; working for a valley, and a world, where people and nature flourish together, we are future-focused and act as an agent for people to help develop their future.

The Whitakers' approach to providing access to culture is intentionally different, creative, and purposely people-focused. Forward-facing with a unique approach that places it at the centre of the community.

Our visual language is integral to helping our audience to understand who we are and how we are all - nature culture and people - interconnected Example Museum inspires curiosity, excites minds, and increases desires to preserve and protect our world's natural and cultural diversity through the exhibition, educational programs, collections, and research.