Volunteers play a crucial role in researching, sharing, and caring for the Museum’s collections. We have a fantastic, dedicated team of around 65 volunteers who work on a range of projects.

What do Museum volunteers do?

Roles and tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Administering the Memory Box service
  • Cataloguing (we can offer onsite or “from home” work)
  • Gardening
  • Cleaning objects
  • Facilitating research requests
  • Proof reading
  • Research
  • Oral history recording
  • DIY

I have worked in the Costume Department for five years now. It has been a privilege to see and handle the many costume items we have and be involved in cataloguing them. I have met many new friends through this and added to my own knowledge. The Museum building is such an amazing building in itself and I feel very lucky to be part of the Volunteer Team there

— Barbara Head, volunteer

Why volunteer with us?

Volunteering is a rewarding experience. All our volunteers have the opportunity to:

  • Gain valuable work experience
  • Work with historic objects and manuscripts
  • Learn about Horsham District and the museum’s collections
  • Share your skills or develop new ones
  • Meet new people who share your interests
  • Make new friends
  • Become part of a supportive team and community

I volunteered for the Museum because it combines my interest in history and local history with an opportunity to do something for the community, as well as use some transferable skills. I have been a volunteer for 12 years and have been mainly involved with scanning and digitizing the museum's collection of slides and photographs. This helps to preserve them and eventually make them available to view on the museum's website

— Stephen Watts, volunteer

Get in touch

If you’re interested in finding out more about volunteering opportunities at the museum, please email museum@horsham.gov.uk outlining your skills and experience, and the type of work you might be interested in doing. We look forward to hearing from you!

I have been volunteering in the museum for about six years. Liz and I catalogue all the documents and books that have been either bought or donated to the museum. This involves entering details of the item on the database and then placing it in the archive. Every document has a life history of it’s own, for example, its provenance, including its age and origin, who had owned it beforehand and the reasons why it has ended up in the museum. This makes the cataloguing role really interesting and varied. I also enjoy chatting to the other volunteers who are all, without exception, a friendly bunch.

— Fiona Murrell, volunteer