Volunteer at The Devil’s Porridge Museum

We are always looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our fantastic team of volunteers.

Our volunteers help in a huge variety of ways including, welcoming visitors, selling tickets, providing catering and offering talks or tours to visiting groups.

Do you have a few hours to spare each week? Do you have an interest in history and enjoy meeting new people?

If the answer to these questions is yes, then please get in touch with us here at the Museum to find out more about becoming a volunteer.

We would be delighted to hear from you!

Front of House Volunteer

A great opportunity to join our Front of House team.  We are looking for people to welcome our visitors when they arrive at the Museum.  You will also work the till and card machine, help facilitate the serving of food and drinks in the cafe and monitor the shop.  There are opportunities to deliver historical talks and to engage with visitors about their interests.  Join a friendly and enthusiastic team to help us maintain our high standards of customer care.

We ask volunteers to commit to an average of one shift per week (morning or afternoon).

Email: info@devilsporridge.org.uk or phone 01461 700021

Digitisation and Collections Volunteer

We are seeking a volunteer to assist our curator in cataloguing and digitising our collection.

This will include object handling and research, photographing objects and uploading the data onto our digital database.

No prior experience is necessary as on site training will be given in a supportive environment.

We are looking for someone with enthusiasm, an interest in the past and a desire to learn new skills.

Ideally, they would volunteer at least one day a week as a minimum but this could be discussed with potential candidates.

This position would suit undergraduate or postgraduate students seeking curatorial experience or work within the heritage sector, a person who wants to develop their skills for employment or a person seeking new skills or experiences with an interest in history.

To apply email Rebecca Short on curator@devilsporridge.org.uk

Please include a CV and in your email provide an outline of why this position interests you.

Youth Involvement Volunteer

We are always on the lookout for people with enthusiasm to help with our extensive youth programme at the Museum.  No prior experience is necessary as onsite training will be given in a supportive environment. All you require is a willingness to work with young people and help them learn new skills.

There are opportunities to deliver stand-alone sessions or to run regular after school or holiday clubs at the museum.  Join a friendly and enthusiastic Access and Learning team and help us maintain our high standards, and family focus at The Devil’s Porridge Museum.

Anyone working with young people requires a PVG disclosure and to work in adherence to our child protection policy. Ideally you will already have a PVG disclosure but if not, the museum can help arrange one. 

Email: info@devilsporridge.org.uk or phone 01461 700021

Miracle Workers' Volunteer - Not currently accepting new volunteers

Miracle Workers Volunteer

The research project is currently on hold, as such we are not looking for any new volunteers for this.

We are seeking volunteers to assist in our exciting research project, ‘The Miracle Workers’, which aims to research the lives of workers at H.M Factory Gretna during World War One, compile our knowledge of workers onto a centralised database, and then share what we learn via Wikimedia entries and blogposts.

This role will include opportunities to:

– Conduct historical research on individuals connected with H.M. Factory Gretna.

– Input research information into a centralised database.

– Share the results of research via the writing of Wikimedia biographies, blogposts etc.

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers with an interest in history and who are willing to learn new skills. No prior experience is necessary, as training and support will be given. This volunteering role is very flexible, it can be done in person or remotely and volunteers can choose to focus on one area (i.e. research) or work across all three (i.e. research, data entry and content creation).

This volunteering opportunity would suit anyone with an interest in historical research as well as recent graduates or early careers professionals in the cultural sector looking for experience in museums, archives or working with collections.

We are not currently looking for any new volunteers for this project.