Volunteering at the Museums and Garden

The Joint Museums Volunteer Service aims to widen access, increase depth of participation, and promote diversity, equality, and social outcomes through its volunteering opportunities

It's about working in a mutually beneficial way with volunteers to make the most of their talents, knowledge, experience, and interests, whilst also acknowledging the positive contributions they make to our visitors and collections.

Each year, the Joint Museums Volunteer Service coordinates a large pool of volunteers who help in public-facing and behind-the-scenes roles at the:

  • Ashmolean
  • Bate Collection of Musical Instruments
  • Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum
  • History of Science Museum
  • Museum of Natural History
  • Pitt Rivers Museum
  • Weston Library


We are very grateful to our volunteers and hope that they enjoy sharing their enthusiasm, building their confidence, and developing their skills in an inspiring, supportive environment.

For more information about the GLAM institutions and the Joint Museums Volunteer Service, visit our website: www.glam.ox.ac.uk/volunteering.

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Getting Started - how to sign up and what happens next

The diagram below provides more information about the process of starting volunteering. Click on the image to bring up a larger version.

start volunteering flow chartThere is also more information, including a list of roles currently being recruited for, on our website: www.glam.ox.ac.uk/volunteering.

If you have any questions, then please get in touch: volunteering@museums.ox.ac.uk