Volunteer with us

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 the 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. For further info, please click here.

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

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 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.