This is a great opportunity to become part of a small friendly team and to gain an insight into the daily operation of our new museum. We’re looking for three volunteers to help us deliver a preventative conservation cleaning routine at Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories.
This will be an ongoing regular role.
Will I be trained?
- When you first join the volunteering team, you’ll receive information, instruction, some simple basic training and then supervision from a member of the curatorial team.
- All training will be provided, but a knowledge of conservation methods would be useful.
What can I expect?
- We aim to organise our volunteer cleaning rota on Fridays throughout the year
- 9.00am – 10.30am
- We plan our rota in advance.
Most of our volunteers like to plan their time early, however, we are also very grateful to those who are able to step in at short notice. You can sign up online, or by email.
- We ask that you treat your slots on the volunteer rota as a firm commitment. We appreciate that there may be times when you’re unable to attend at the last minute (perhaps because of illness or a domestic emergency) – we would appreciate it if you could let us know as soon as possible so that we can arrange alternative cover.
- We appreciate that some volunteers are able to cover occasional days, whilst others are able to make a regular commitment (e.g. 1 slot per week). Whatever your availability, we appreciate the commitment.
What skills are needed?
- No previous skills are required but we do need people who have an enthusiasm for care of a historic collection.
- You’ll need to be able to listen to and follow instructions carefully.
- You’ll be comfortable working at height.
- Comfortable standing for around an hour and using a backpack vacuum.
Windermere Jetty houses a significant collection on boats dating back nearly 200 years, as well as hundreds of small objects relating to the maritime and social history of the area. The site is open to visitors 7 days a week, 52 weeks of the year, and this puts the collection under considerable strain, and we need to maintain a programme of preventive conservation cleaning to ensure the building and collection don’t deteriorate.
- We’re looking for people who are happy to vacuum and dust the collection following conservation best practice.
- This role involves moving and handling objects as well as cleaning objects, often metal, with the use of conservation grade materials.
- A key part of this role is condition checking. Objects that are cleaned will be visually checked, and any damage or change in an object will be recorded.
- We encourage our Conservation Cleaners to talk to, and engage with, our visitors and answer any questions that they may have.
- The project will be supervised by the Assistant Curator, Heritage and guidance will be given throughout the sessions.
Why get involved?
Volunteering is a great way to keep active and meet visitors and fellow volunteers.
There’s a lot of satisfaction in assisting our visitors, and in promoting the arts and heritage in Cumbria.
As a volunteer you’ll get to see behind the scenes at a busy gallery or museum, working alongside our experienced curators and visitor experience team.
In addition our active volunteers also receive:
- Free admission to Abbot Hall, Blackwell and Windermere Jetty
- 50% discount in our cafés
- 10% discount in our shops
- A Northern Museums Pass which offers free admission to over 250 museums and galleries throughout the north of England.
How to get involved?
Send an email giving us a little more detail about you, your interests and experience to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Curatorial/Working with Museum Collection