Local residents who are looking for an opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people or build their confidence are being encouraged to volunteer and join the team at the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon.

The museum has been closed since March due to COVID-19, but is hoping to reopen very soon and urgently needs new volunteers to fill vacant roles. There are a range of opportunities available including:

The museum provides a safe, friendly atmosphere and the opportunity to learn new skills, improve confidence, share North Devon history and attend private viewings and talks on exhibitions. Volunteers will be working with a passionate and friendly team helping to welcome the community and tourists back to the museum.

Museum curator, Alison Mills, says: “Many of our existing volunteers are elderly and are unable to return to their roles because they are vulnerable to Coronavirus. Volunteering brings the opportunity to meet new people and have new experiences. Please come and join us, make new friends and enjoy showing off our bigger and better museum. This may be an ideal opportunity for someone who is furloughed and is looking for something to keep them busy while they are off work.”

Leader of North Devon Council, Councillor David Worden, says: “Volunteering has been proven to benefit your overall well-being as well as your community, so if you have some spare time and are interested in history or just like meeting new people, why not volunteer some of that time to help?  The experienced and friendly team of volunteers are a vital and important part of the museum.”

More information about the vacancies and an application form to download can be found on the museum website or by contacting the museum on 01271 346747.

Residents must be aged 16 or over to volunteer, under 18’s must get permission from their parent or guardian.