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

Would you like to contribute to the future direction of the Bakewell and District Historical Society which manages the wonderful Bakewell Old House Museum?
Do you want to make use of your talent and energy, with opportunities for personal growth and fulfilment?
Maybe you would like to do something that supports your local community?

The Bakewell and District Historical Society operates the Bakewell Old House Museum, which tells the stories of the people of Bakewell and the Peak District to local audiences and tourists. The museum is sited within a wonderful Tudor building, providing immersive experiences for general visitors, school children and groups alike.

Trustees provide strategic leadership for the Society and the Museum which is operated on a day-to-day basis by the Museum Manager and a team of enthusiastic volunteers. This is an exciting time to join our team, with lots of fundraising opportunities, a rebrand in the pipeline and a new cohort of volunteers that have re-invigorated the museum.

The current board is made up of 9 Trustees from a range of backgrounds including law, marketing, collections, events planning and academia. Each trustee brings different skills and experience, which in the last year have helped us to ensure our legal compliance, refine our membership offer, and recruit for our Museum Manager and volunteers.

We also hope to appoint a successor for our present Chair who would like to step back having served now for six years as a Trustee and four as Chair.

Applications are welcome from anyone who has a passion for small museums and feels that they can help deliver our vision and plan for our future sustainability. Following a successful recruitment drive last year we now want to hear from applicants who are particularly looking for opportunities to “give back” to the community and society. The positions are not remunerated. Our expectation is that trustees will serve a three-year term and may be re-appointed.
The Board would especially like to develop and strengthen in the areas of Buildings and Property Management, Volunteer Development, Schools & Education, Fundraising and Business Management but applicants with other skills – and plenty of enthusiasm - are very welcome!

The most important attributes for a Trustee are:
• 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 and sub-committees

If this sounds like you, please read our Trustee Application Pack for further details about the Society and Museum, the Role Description and Application process.

Open Day: Saturday 21 May 2022, 11.30-13.00
Deadline for applications: Tuesday 31 May 2022, 17:00
Interviews will be held at the museum on Monday 13 June 2022


Trustee Application Pack

Trustee Role Description

Chair of Trustees Role Description

Diversity Monitoring Form