Volunteer with us - in the museum

Make new friends, work in an amazing historic building and help a great cause - three fantastic reasons to volunteer with the Old House Museum!

With a huge range of roles on offer, there's something for everyone and you can commit to as much or as little as you'd like. All our volunteers receive a full induction so that you are confident and happy in your role.

We keep in touch with our volunteers through regular newsletters and emails. Social events are organised twice a year - at the beginning and end of each season - to say thank you for all our volunteers' hard work!

For a full range of roles, please see below. If you would like to learn more about volunteering at the Old House Museum, ring Anita Spencer on 01629 813 642 for an informal chat, and find out how you could help.

Ways in which you can help:

  • Welcoming visitors
  • Acting as a guide for visiting groups
  • Assisting with caring for our collections (over 9000 items)
  • Cleaning the building to make sure it is in good condition for our visitors
  • Maintaining our gardens and outdoor space
  • Maintenance and improvement of the building
  • Promoting the Museum and its work through social media, newsletters, press releases
  • Administrative support

Donating items

Although the museum is crowded, there is always room for exciting new exhibits! Due to lack of space we can not accept very large items. We may consider temporary loans. Please call 01629 813642 for further details.

Making a Gift

The museum accepts one off donations and bequests. Please call 01629 813642 for further details.

Become a Trustee

The role of Trustee requires commitment and a passion for our mission to preserve, conserve and make available the history of Bakewell and District and in particular the Old House Musuem

Trustee meetings are held six times a year at the Old House Museum (or in the winter months at another location agreed between the Trustees). Trustees are expected to attend all meetings and to commit time to the business of the charity.

We are particularly interested in candidates with experience of fundraising and have local connections.

Applicants should send an email explaining why they would like the role and what they could contribute to the Trust, attaching a CV to the museum