Master and matron in the workhouse

Volunteers are the magic ingredient at Ripon Museums. Our continued success is only possible because of our wonderful team of volunteers. All ages, all abilities, all welcome!

Over 100 volunteers are actively involved in the wide range of flexible roles across our three sites and gardens. Whatever your interests and experience there is sure to be something which excites and interests you.

Do you belong in a museum?

You could volunteer with us if you enjoy any of the following: talking to people, guiding groups, teaching, gardening, making things, cleaning, selling things, researching, working with children, cataloguing, conserving, fund-raising, marketing, painting, repairing, office work, IT projects, being in costume, being in role, being creative, sharing ideas and looking after visitors and other volunteers.

You don’t have to have specialist knowledge to volunteer; all you will need is an enthusiasm for the museums and their collections and a willingness to get stuck in.

Some of our volunteers live locally whilst others live further afield, so there are opportunities for them to volunteer from home.  We can also provide short- and long-term work placements for school or college students or for those re-joining the workforce after a career break. We can tailor the placement to suit your needs and availability.

Volunteering is a great way to:

  • Build your skills and confidence
  • Enhance your CV and employment prospects
  • Make new friends and meet like-minded people

Young volunteers

Would you like to make new friends, meet interesting people? Do you need some experience to help with your CV, job applications or personal statements? Would you like to practice your IT skills or use social media skills to share your experiences?

We are reviewing our Young Volunteer programme for the future. If you are in School Years 8 to 11 and would like to make a difference to your local community, bringing history to life and having fun, then get in touch.

Become a volunteer

If you are interested in joining us, please contact Vicki Lever, Volunteer and Operations Manager on 01765 690799 or email [email protected].

You can apply via the Better Impact platform.

We are keen to hear from anyone interested in volunteering with us across all aspects of the museums, but particularly with the Front of House team.

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