Volunteering with Athelstan Museum
In May 2007 professional staff were appointed but since May 2009 the museum has again been run entirely by volunteers.
Volunteers play a major role, both front and back of house, read more in About Us.
FOAM volunteers are drawn from all walks of life; from the town itself and from the countryside around. They carry out a wide range of tasks; stewarding on a regular shift basis or casual relief; behind the scenes cataloguing or auditing the collection; in fund raising and in management and other ways as well. They really enjoy themselves not least of all the camaraderie amongst the team.
FOAM is a charity and receives no government funding. Without the voluntary help FOAM received from the community Athelstan Museum would not exist. It is a genuine town museum.
We’d love to have you as a volunteer; volunteers are the life blood of the museum and as we have no salaried staff our voluntary help is vital.
Stewarding. Volunteers do a 2 hour shift, mostly on a weekly basis but some are fortnightly; others more frequently. Some work as a pair, others are happy to be in sole charge. This is the commonest form of involvement.
Many volunteers have helped with museum work; auditing the collection, accessioning new items, photographing and recording, researching, publishing booklets on local history, showing groups around, giving talks etc.
During the move to our new home D I Y skills were utilised; putting up racking, erecting cupboards, painting, decorating etc.
The museum is a business and we try to run it professionally, so there is a need for secretarial skills, book-keeping, sales, marketing and fund raising etc.
And, of course, there is the social side. Talks have to be organised, catering done, tickets sold.
So you can see – something for everybody. No excuses, as Kitchener could have said ‘your museum needs YOU’To join our volunteers please contact Sue Poole.