The Whitaker

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

Our Collection Assistant team is currently FULL so we are not taking on any new volunteers for this team. But if you would like to be added to the waiting list, please contact  


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Current Volunteer Opportunities

Meet & Greet Volunteers

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 Assistants

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

Room Stewards

Our Room Stewards support The Whitaker by engaging with visitors when they enter our gallery spaces to make sure they get the most out of their visit. They are dynamic, enthusiastic and interactive – they are keen to answer any questions visitors may have about the collection, the museum and the history of Rossendale. If they don’t know it, it’s not worth knowing!

Room Steward role profile


Volunteer Tour Guides

To put it simply, they bring history to life! Our Volunteer Tour Guides delve into the past of The Whitaker, Rossendale and Lancashire and share these hidden stories with museum visitors to make their visit more memorable. Our volunteers meaningfully explore the past and help modern audiences understand and contextualise historic attitudes and actions. 

Tour Guide role profile 

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


Object Handling Volunteers

Our volunteers believe there is more than one way to learn about the past, and being able to touch and feel some of the artefacts in the museum is one of the best ways to learn! They are knowledgeable, enthusiastic and committed to bringing history to life whilst letting the objects do the talking!

Object Handling Volunteer role profile

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 

Gardening Assistants

They have a real passion for our outdoor spaces and ensuring they always look their very best. They help look after our gardens and make sure the flowers are blooming, the weeds are picked and the rubbish is non-existent. They love to get down and dirty!

Gardening Assistant 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 Whitaker's 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 inspires curiosity, excites minds, and increases desires to preserve and protect our world's natural and cultural diversity through the exhibition, educational programmes, collections, and research.