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We welcome everyone who would like to volunteer for our Museum. Please contact us to learn more about volunteering opportunities.


The Vale & Downland Museum wishes to recruit volunteers to join its existing team of volunteers.  We are looking for people from all backgrounds and abilities to help us in the following areas:

  • Education Support
  • Gallery Assistant
  • Curatorial Assistant
  • Costume Making
  • Gardening
  • Handy Person
  • Fundraising
  • Holiday Activity Support
  • Library Assistant
  • Administration Assistant
  • Events Volunteers


We are committed to volunteering and individual volunteers, and make every effort to ensure that all volunteers are treated consistently, equally and fairly.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM the Vale & Downland Museum

  • A welcoming and enjoyable experience.
  • To be treated fairly and with respect.
  • Recognition and appreciation for your contribution.
  • A full induction and training programme with on-going support.
  • You will be covered by the Museum’s own indemnity arrangements in respect of all liabilities that may result from your appointment as a volunteer.


If you have queries or questions about volunteering, you might find the answer here.

  • What are the benefits of volunteering? 
    Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and strengthen your CV.
  • Who volunteers for the Vale & Downland Museum?
    We welcome people from all walks of life, no matter how much or how little time people are able to give us. Come along and meet some of our Volunteers and find out what they say about their experiences.
  • How much time do I have to give?
    The majority of our volunteering opportunities are for a few hours a week and continue on an ongoing basis, but we have a range of roles from full-time placements to one-off events.
  • Is there an age limit for volunteers?                                                                                                                                                                                                            There is no upper age limit to volunteering; a volunteer’s ability to complete a task or role will be assessed on an individual basis.
  • Can I claim benefits while volunteering? 
    You are free to volunteer while you are receiving benefits as long as the work you do is unpaid, and you meet the rules of your benefit. You can find all the latest information about volunteering and benefits on the GOV.UKwebsite.
  • I am not a British national, can I volunteer in the UK?
    There are no restrictions on people volunteering from the European Union. Volunteers from outside the EU (including refugees and asylum seekers) need to have an appropriate visa or confirmation that they are able to undertake work in this country.
  • What skills and experience do I need?
    The majority of our roles do not require any specific skills or experience. The skills and qualities we are looking for are always specified in the role description.  If our volunteering roles require you to have particular skills these will be clearly stated.
  • What training and support will I be given?
    Your volunteer manager will help to prepare and support you to fulfil your role. All volunteers have a staff member who they can go to for help and support. Often there are also more experienced volunteers to offer advice to new members of the team.
  • Do you offer work experience or internship opportunities? 
    The Vale & Downland Museum  does offer work experience and  internships. We also have many volunteer roles that can provide a great way to gain experience.


To apply please complete the  Online Volunteering Application Form.  For further information please call Kate Pozzoli, Facilities & Business Manager on 01235 771447.   Alternatively, please call into the Museum to discuss further or collect the Volunteering Registration Form.

Vale & Downland Museum, 19 Church Street, Wantage OX12 8BL

Trustees Sought

The Vale & Downland Museum in Wantage, (registered charity 1126995), are seeking the appointment of up to three additional Trustees to be appointed to the Board of Directors.

We are looking for anyone with financial, legal or architectural experience.  We hold Board meetings on a bi-monthly basis and are in regular communication with each other whenever the need arises.

The Vale & Downland Museum has lots to offer for families and the community in general, and was recently short-listed for a national award in the family-friendly museum category.  We have a dedicated team of staff ensuring the museum is a vibrant, interactive and exciting place to visit, with galleries interpreting the cultural heritage of the Vale of the White Horse, an artist/craft exhibition space, plenty of learning opportunities either in-house or outreaching to schools and other establishments, a visitor information hub, a gift shop and a friendly café.

If you are interested in joining our team and helping to preserve our lovely museum for future generations to enjoy, please contact:

Mrs. Julia Reynolds

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Vale & Downland Museum

19 Church Street

Wantage, OX12 8BL

e-mail:   vale.downland@gmail.com