Volunteering

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Volunteering

Maidstone Museum is always looking for volunteers to help staff with various projects. Any vacancies we have available are listed below. Please note that if you have not had a response to your volunteer application within two weeks, your application has not been successful.

Current opportunities

Maidstone Museum does not currently have any volunteer vacancies. We greatly value our volunteer team and the work they do and will post new vacancies and projects on this page as they become available.

Background information

Volunteers are invaluable to the work we do. We have a small number of staff, and therefore volunteers provide much needed assistance in both the collections-based and education work of the museum. Within the Collections Team, volunteers consist of both specialists and non-specialists, working with diverse and fascinating collections of Human History, Natural History, and Fine and Applied Art.

Volunteer programme

There is the opportunity for recruited volunteers to work behind the scenes and assist with the museum’s diverse collections consisting of thousands of objects ranging from furniture to taxidermy, geology to costume, and archaeology to Japanese fine art. Full training will be given in the handling, documentation, digitisation, and care of the objects, ideally leading to long term volunteers taking some ownership of certain projects, reporting to their manager (Collections Officer or Collections Manager) on a regular basis.

Background to projects

Volunteers assist the museum in achieving its mission:

“Maidstone Museums’ purpose is to collect, preserve and imaginatively display artefacts and specimens for the education and enjoyment of the people of Maidstone and visitors to the town. We tell the story of Maidstone, its people, their natural environment, and the wider world in which they live, through the artefacts and specimens which we collect and interpret for everyone to learn from and enjoy.”

In particular, collections volunteer projects assist in increasing public access to the collections (both stored and displayed) through documentation, research, collections care, and display.

Project outlines have been devised and divided into specialist and non-specialist projects to cater for varied skills and abilities> You’ll find a host of opportunities, from those with an interest in a particular skill such as conservation cleaning or database work, to those with collections specialisms, such as entomology, Anglo-Saxon archaeology, or costume.

Training

Training will be given in all areas of work undertaken by volunteers, such as manual handling, documentation, database use, conservation cleaning, and procedures. Supervision will also be provided at all times until individuals feel confident enough to work unsupervised. Appropriate equipment to complete the tasks will be provided at all times.

Rewards/expenses

  • Volunteers can claim a maximum of £6 expenses per day for travel.
  • Volunteers can claim public transport expenses, but cannot claim for parking or petrol allowance. If a volunteer does drive and park, they will need to find out how much the bus/train fare would be from home to the museum and claim for that (even though they are not using it). Proof of the cost, (such as print out from the bus fares or train fares sites), and other expenses claimed such as receipts and tickets, must be provided.
  • Time sheets (which include expenses information) should be completed every month and passed to the Business Administrator who will record the hours and process reimbursement.
  • The museum is willing to provide references for any volunteers seeking employment within the sector, commenting on work and training undertaken during volunteering at the museum.

What happens next?

Following receipt of a volunteering application, the following process will be followed:

  1. Application (request a volunteering application form from Maidstone Museum, and return to the museum)
  2. Informal meeting (covering questions such as availability, how skills fit the role, reliability, period of volunteering, etc. to ascertain suitability for role)
  3. Registration (taking personal details of successful applicants, confirming volunteer agreement, passing to HR)
  4. Induction (giving successful applicants copies of museum policies, volunteer handbook, Health & Safety, insurance information, etc.)
  5. Regular reviews (after three-month probation, then six-monthly to see if volunteer is happy, requires further training, highlighting any issues encountered)
  6. Exit interview (reasons for leaving, suggestions of how the volunteer programme can be improved, positives and negatives of experience)

Contact us

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