The Whitaker

The Whitaker has a growing friendly team of volunteers who are the heartbeat of all we do.

The volunteers share our passion to provide a unique, quirky, space rich in heritage and culture.

The contribution and dedication of our volunteers enables us to provide a sustainable museum that is freely available to everyone.



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Current Volunteer Opportunities

Activities Team

Activity volunteers at The Whitaker help to deliver exciting experiences that aim to inspire curiosity, creativity and imagination in every child, young person and their families who come through our doors.

This may include school groups if this is an area of our programme you would like to be involved with. You will be part of small team creating spaces, making resources, supporting activities and helping with collecting session feedback 

Activity Volunteer Role Profile


Meet & Greet reception

Our Meet & Greet volunteers are more than just a friendly face, from greeting every visitor with a warm and friendly smile to answering the phones, they are the heart of The Whitaker and represent the best of all we have to offer.

Meet & Greet role profile 

Retail Assistant

We have exciting opportunities to join our retail team in our Whitaker Shop. Assisting customers with purchases, processing sales, restocking and pricing stock, whether you have previous retail experience or 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. 

Retail Assistant role profile

Gallery Invigilators

Our Gallery Invigilators work hard to engage with the public and highlight key aspects about our latest instillations and exhibitions. This is an interactive role which means you will answer questions, support gallery activities, share information about collections, artists and their work.

Gallery Invigilator role profile


Our Admin Assistants work ‘behind the scenes’ and help manage our busy operation by supporting The Whitaker team to make sure all customer enquiries are dealt with quickly and professionally.

They are a dedicated small team that play a vital role in ensuring our visitors get the most out of their visit as they leave no stone unturned and strive for excellent customer service, each and every time.  


Admin Assistant role profile

Building & Maintenance volunteers

The Maintenance Volunteer team can be relied on to do just about anything! They are proactive, hardworking and committed to getting the job done. From general handiwork to installing new exhibitions, building cabinets and painting walls, our maintenance volunteers will never see the same day twice.

Maintenance Volunteer role profile 

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.