Volunteer at the museum or at home

While volunteering with us, you can make new friends, learn new skills and enjoy yourself at Bakewell's main historic venue!

With a wide range of roles on offer, there's something for everyone:

Whether you're after something behind-the-scenes or customer facing, we have roles to suit.

If you're looking for project work, or something on-going, we have volunteer tasks for you!

For a full range of roles, please see below. If you would like to learn more about volunteering at Bakewell Old House Museum, ring Mark on 01629 813 642 for an informal chat, or email markc@bakewellhistory.com and find out how you could help.

At the moment, we are especially keen to hear from people who would like to volunteer Front-of-House, welcoming people and ensuring they have an excellent experience at the museum. Please see our volunteer description (pdf) for more details.

Some of our volunteer roles

Click on the links to download the volunteer role descriptions (PDF):

If you'd like to volunteer in another capacity, we can almost certainly create a volunteer project for you - get in touch!

Work experience placements

We offer Schools Work Experience Placements and Duke of Edinburgh Award volunteering each year.

These may include:

  • Time working in the office
  • Meeting visitors
  • Working on collections
  • Helping with school visits
  • Contributing to social media posts

For further info, contact Mark on 01629 813 642 for an informal chat, or email markc@bakewellhistory.com and find out what we can offer you.

Gap year students

We have experience of offering valuable gap year volunteering opportunities at the Bakewell Old House Museum.

As a volunteer Curatorial Assistant, you will perform many of the roles outlined above. We anticipate you volunteering for a couple of days per week as a minimum to get the in-depth experience this role requires.

Together, we shall create a bespoke volunteer role for you, supplemented with museum-specific training onsite and elsewhere. We shall help you to develop your management and leadership skills, providing mentoring opportunities throughout the year.

Interested? Contact Mark at markc@bakewellhistory.com

Abi and Joe are gap year students
We volunteered for a year at the museum

"We’re Abi and Joe, volunteers at the Bakewell Old House Museum. We love it here, coming in two days a week during our Gap Year before heading to Uni. We’ve had lots of opportunities and it’s great to see how a museum works. We have created our own display, written an article for the Society’s Journal and got hands-on experience of collections management. We can thoroughly recommend this friendly museum!!😀

Corporate volunteering

We can provide bespoke projects for individuals or small groups of corporate volunteers, lasting a half day to a full week. Help out a Bakewell charity by using your corporate skills and experience, or available time to do DIY projects.

Contact Mark on 01629 813 642 for further information, or email markc@bakewellhistory.com and find out what we can offer your company.

Become a member of the Bakewell and District Historical Society

View our membership options.