Poole Museum Volunteers

Who are Poole Museum Volunteers?

We are a dedicated team providing volunteering opportunities at Poole Museum, Scaplen's Court as well as supporting cultural activities in the BCP area.

Fantastic news! Poole Museum has been successful in it’s ‘Our Museum: Rediscovering Poole’s Maritime Heritage’ bid, and has been awarded a £2.24 million grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Poole Museum will be transformed into an outstanding cultural centre and community hub by the Spring of 2024. This award, made possible by National Lottery players, represents a significant part of the total project budget of £4.37 million.

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Visitor Welcome Volunteers
Oral History Volunteer - Starting in September 2022
Volunteer Research and Collections Roles
Stewarding of Scaplen's Court House and Garden
Current Exhibition

Hardy's Wessex 'The landscape that inspired a writer'

28 May - 30 October

We are looking for stewards to support this fantastic exhibition. 

Hardy's Wessex will give visitors an opportunity to take a fresh look at the life and literature of the Victorian novelist and poet.  You role will be to monitor the galleries and to assist the public.  Training and in person briefings will be provided.

sign up here further information about stewarding Thomas Hardy Exhibition at Poole Museum

Other opportunities coming soon to get involved in as part of Our Museum Project:

Museum on the Move
Behind the scenes hard hat tours
Meet the Maker sessions
Discovery Days
and much more
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1. Visitor Welcome

Visitor Welcome Volunteers will play an important part in inspiring the public through their friendly and engaging interactions with visitors and you will play a central role in helping people be inspired by the museum

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Exhibition Steward for the Hardy’s Wessex: The landscapes that inspired a writer 229 7/6/2022 10/30/2022
Scaplen’s Court Gardener 0
Scaplen's Court Garden Stewards 2022 6 7/6/2022 7/23/2022
Scaplen's Court House & Garden Stewards 2022 76 7/24/2022 9/3/2022
Visitor Welcome Volunteer - Visitors Surveys & Collections Engagement 351 7/6/2022 10/30/2022
Visitor Welcome Volunteers - Interest list 1
Young Archaeologist Club (YAC) Helper 1

2. Collections & Research

Volunteer roles will include supporting collections, developing new displays, transcribing log books and journals, digitisation of documentation and targeted research as well as supporting an Oral History Project for our new museum.  
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Oral History Volunteers - interest list 1

5. Marketing & Admin Support

Volunteer roles will be to support the Volunteer Management team with administrative tasks.  This may be on site or from home.

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Culture Volunteers Blog: Blog Writers 1

7. Opportunities - Other Organisations

Other organisations and groups in the BCP area often request help in recruiting volunteers for their activities.  In the past we have received requests from  Art by the Sea, Inside Out Dorset and Light up Poole.


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Event Assistant CoCreate - HAZ Poole High Street 1
Pianist for Zing Community Choir 1
Upton Country Park - Engagement and Learning Volunteer 1
Upton House - Walk Leader 1