Malvern Museum is looking for volunteers to fill and support a number of roles:
Museum stewards open the museum to visitors, take admissions money and sales cash, and handle simple enquiries. Stewards begin by working in pairs and covering perhaps one morning or afternoon session every two weeks but may advance to working on their own or more often.
Volunteers also fill all management roles. This covers curating the collection and looking after the the building and its environment. Others have responsibility for stewards and health and safety. Museum publicity, the website, the environment and museum finance are important roles too. The building is owned by the Trustees of Malvern Museum Society, but the museum is run by a wider group of volunteers forming a Management Committee.
New treasurers will be needed during the course of 2019/20.
One is for the Trustees, with responsibility for official returns to Companies House and the Charities Commission and for handling major projects such as building conservation when necessary.
The other is for the Management Committee. This involves handling day-to-day income and expenditure on services, publicity, stock for the shop, and collection care items. The present treasurers have worked hard to simplify the various systems and will be on hand to provide training and support.
The museum has been without a publicity officer for some time now. Opportunities for spreading the word about the museum’s presence and its achievements have had to be shared out among the volunteers. The role would involve liaising with groups like the Tourist Information Office and Malvern Town Council to promote the museum’s activities. Providing press releases to the local papers and local radio would be another occasional feature. The museum publicises it events on its own website and has recently created an Instagram account too.
The present curator will be retiring in 2021 so a volunteer interested in this work to shadow the role for a couple of years would be greatly appreciated. Prior experience is not essential although a keen interest in archives and local history would be regarded as important assets. Malvern Museum is fully accredited to comply with national standards set down by Arts Council England. The museum’s collection is managed within an agreed framework of documentation and procedures for collection care.
If you are interested…
Please contact us through the website or in writing if you would like to learn more about what each role requires. We look forward to hearing from you!