Regular Help

Museum on the Road Volunteer

Join the Museum staff as they take the Museum’s collections to community events around Oxford – often using the specially commissioned ‘cabinet of curiosities’ Bike Box, our branded electric tricycle that carries our collections!

For most events, this will be a collection themed on the Windrush Years – Next Generations exhibition which features stories and objects from Oxford’s Caribbean community.

The Great Western Railway day on the 15th June will be themed around transportation in Oxford.

The visits to the Central Library will be themed around Anglo-Saxons and St Frideswide to link with a new children’s book that has been recently published.


What's involved?

Our Museum on the Road Volunteers support the Museum staff at busy outreach events around Oxford. They help set up and pack down; interact with visitors; ask for feedback and ensure the security of the collection on display. Most importantly, they make sure that visitors get the most from their time with the Museum on the Road!

What will I be doing?

  • Help set up and/or pack down the display
  • Offer a friendly and informative introduction to all visitors as the public face of the Museum of Oxford
  • Develop a knowledge and interest of the museum’s outreach collection and activities – you do not need to be an expert, just enthusiastic to learn!
  • Care for the collections and items on display by ensuring their safe and respectful treatment
  • Support visitors using interactive and ‘hand-on’ activities
  • Collect story and objects suggestions from visitors that could be included in the new museum
  • Obtain customer comments via surveys and informal feedback
  • Communicate with the rest of the team and contribute your own ideas
  • Become familiar with and then follow the relevant procedures associated with this role at all times
  • Promote the Museum’s exhibitions, events and services

When and how often?

Session dates are (exact times tbc where no times given):

  • 1 June – Oxford Pride, Castle Quarter
  • 15 June - 175th Great Western Railway Didcot to Oxford railway line, Grandpont Pavilion
  • 29 June – Oxford Mela, 11am-5pm, Rose Hill Community Centre
  • 30 June – Open Boats Day, 11am-1pm, Wolvercote
  • 5 July, Oxfordshire Play Association PlayDay, 5-7pm, Wood Farm
  • 7 July, Cowley Carnival, Cowley Rd
  • 15 August, Oxford Central Library family day, 1-3pm
  • 22 August, Oxford Central Library family day, 1-3pm
  • 28 September, Barton Bash, 12-4.30pm

These are public open times times and you will be needed before and after these times for set-up, briefing and clearing up. These times will be confirmed when we have them from the event organisers.

You can volunteer at one or more sessions. The more you volunteer, the more comfortable you will become with the role, developing your knowledge and skills as you go along.

Why get involved?

What is in it for you? We think quite a lot! 

  • You will contribute to helping more people interact with their city’s heritage
  • You’ll get to meet a wide range of visitors from all around Oxford, make friendships with volunteers and staff
  • You will develop transferable skills such as visitor engagement, communications, evaluation, event support, object handling, and more
  • Work experience that can be an invaluable addition to your CV and for building confidence
  • Enjoyment in doing something you like while meeting new, like-minded people

How to get involved?

Step 1: Sign into your account or sign up

Step 2: Accept the challenge

Step 3: Await a response from the team who will be in touch with more information or email

You must be over 16 to join in with this activity.

Ideal Skills

  • Customer Service
  • Event Stewarding
  • Languages
  • Reading/Storytelling
  • Working independently
  • Working with Young People

Ideal Interests

  • Creative and Arts
  • Visitor Service/ Front of House
  • Curatorial/Working with Museum Collection

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