Volunteer with us.

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 wide 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

Join us and contribute to the stewardship of the Bakewell and District Historical Society which owns and manages the wonderful Bakewell Old House Museum

The Old House dating from Tudor times is one of the oldest in the town and after 500 years of continuous use, was rescued from demolition in the 1950s and now tells the story of the Peak District to local audiences and tourists visiting the town. It has developed strongly and consistently, building a collection of over 9,000 artefacts as well as providing activities, events, educational opportunities and a fascinating venue for visitors. A recent grant from Arts Council England enabled us to upgrade our IT and digital offer.

Trustees can find a real sense of achievement and pleasure in being a guardian of the area's story whilst providing strategic leadership for the Society and its Museum which is run on a day-to-day basis by the Manager and a team of enthusiastic volunteers. We were recently constituted as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation with voting members and this is an exciting time to join our team.

Trustees from a range of backgrounds bring different skills and experiences and we would like to meet enthusiastic people with a passion for our work who want to help deliver our vision and plan our future sustainability. We encourage applications from younger people with an interest in heritage who want to develop skills and understanding of the sector as trustees; we will provide mentoring and support if required. The positions are not remunerated but can be invaluable CV building opportunities. Our expectation is that trustees will serve a  three year term and may be re-appointed.

Our Board would like to develop and strengthen its range of skills and you may be able to contribute in one or more of the following areas: General and Business Management, Administration, Marketing and Communications, Buildings and Property, Collections, Fundraising or Legal Compliance.

We  are looking especially for the following personal characteristics:   

  • Enthusiasm and commitment.
  • Leadership and inter personal skills. 
  • Tact, diplomacy and powers of persuasion, with an ability to listen and engage effectively.
  • Networking capabilities.
  • An ability to foster a collaborative working environment .
  • Willingness to go 'the extra mile' and commit time to contribute to projects, sub committees  and processes. 

For a role description, please email our Chair, Stephen Coates at: stephenc@bakewellhistory.com

or send him your CV and an expression of interest outlining why you wish to become a Trustee.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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.