Put simply, people who volunteer are very important to us. We enjoy working with volunteers and have done so for many years. Their support is invaluable in making our collections more accessible to others. They do important work, such as cataloguing our collections. People volunteer with us for a number of reasons. Some do it to gain experience for a job in museums, while others simply want the chance to explore their hobby or interest in history. Whatever the reason, volunteers make a huge contribution towards our work allowing more people to use and enjoy our collections. Our volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds and ages; we aim to reflect the diverse community of Reading. While many are students, we also have many retirees, those out of employment and everyone in between. If you join us you will be sure of making new friends and broadening your horizons!

Investing in Volunteers

We are delighted that the University Museums and Special Collections Service (UMASCS) has achieved the 2019 ‘Investing in Volunteers’ accreditation, the UK quality standard for good practice in volunteer management. Achieving this accreditation demonstrates both our commitment to volunteering and effective volunteer management, and shows how much we value and support our volunteers.

If you want to volunteer with the University Art Collection, the Museum of English Rural Life, or the University’s Special Collections, please visit the volunteering pages on The MERL website for more details.

Additionally if you want to volunteer with any other museum or collection, please see their individual websites.