Wisbech & Fenland Museum
 
 

Wisbech & Fenland Museum Vision and Mission Statements:

VISION

We believe that Wisbech is a unique place with a rich and diverse history. Our vision is simple: To provide a welcoming, enjoyable environment - both physical and digital - safe and accessible to all, where people can explore the heritage of Wisbech and surrounding Fenland. We aspire to be amongst best in class, a fascinating museum at the heart of a strong community, providing a truly inspiring, engaging, and enriching experience.

 

MISSION

The Wisbech and Fenland Museum is a perfect surviving example of the Victorian museum. Its collections are rich, eclectic, encyclopaedic, and unrivalled. They contain precious and remarkable objects - of great significance locally, national and internationally - which tell the history of Wisbech and also of the World.

Our mission is to develop, to care for, and to interpret those collections for current and future generations, to stimulate curiosity and wonder, and to make them accessible to everyone everywhere so they can discover and connect with their history and heritage.  

We are committed to extending our impact:

  • Learning– we are an important educational and research resource for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds

  • Enrichment and enjoyment –we exist to inspire people, to stimulate ideas, and to satisfy a passion for knowledge

  • Civic pride – we illuminate and celebrate Wisbech’s proud past and distinctive present

  • Stronger community and Enhanced well-being – we help people connect to their cultural  inheritance and generate a sense of identity and belonging: we are a treasure-house of memories and local history

  • Economic development – we are a key destination in Wisbech and surrounding Fenland’s tourism offer

We will adopt a sustainable and resilient business model so that we can continue to develop and share our collections for the widest possible public benefit.

Wisbech & Fenland Museum is your Museum. Here's how you can get involved:

Become a Friend of the Museum
Support exciting developments at the Museum, enjoy lectures and outings throughout the year.

Volunteer at the Museum
There are lots of different ways you can contribute to the life of the Museum and we are always looking for volunteers.

Gain professional experience through a work placement
Whether you're in Year 10 student looking for a work placement in a museum, or a university student seeking valuable volunteering experience, we may be able to help.

If you have any queries about getting involved at Wisbech & Fenland Museum, contact on 01945 583817 or email info@wisbechmuseum.org.uk

 
Friends of Wisbech & Fenland Museum

The Friends of Wisbech & Fenland Museum support the Museum. In particular they aim to:

•improve the display of the exhibits
•arrange special exhibitions, lectures and concerts
•generally further the charitable purposes of the Museum and encourage the development of its facilities

In recent years they have supported various acquisitions, for example a new computer for use by Friends and volunteers, text panels for an exhibition and a new display case for the manuscript of Great Expectations. In addition, they continue to research and produce a variety of Museum publications. (Download Word doc)

 

Join the Friends and you can enjoy:

•The winter lecture programme
•Opportunities to volunteer at the Museum
•Invitations to exhibition previews and special events
•Social outings in the summer

 

Pick up an application for the Friends from the Museum and return it to:

Mr Geoff Hill
Secretary of the Friends
Wisbech & Fenland Musuem
Museum Square
Wisbech
Cambridgeshire PE13 1ES

 
Volunteers

Important volunteer positions, Heritage Operations and Project volunteer posts:

The following unpaid posts operate closely with the museum staff and the board of directors to support the future sustainability of the museum operations and the Fit for the Future project. These core posts will be involved in a range of aspects of the museum operations, its planning and engagement, while recruiting and supervising a team of volunteers relating to specific heritage operations:

Volunteering Development coordinator

Volunteer Heritage Operations coordinator

Volunteer Artistic coordinator/ officer

Volunteer Programming coordinator x 2

Volunteer Heritage Development coordinator

Volunteer Fit for the future project support

Volunteer Fit for the future marketing support x 2

Volunteer Fit for the future Community Engagement support

Making the museum sustainable is the core aim of the Fit for the Future project and is vital in safeguarding the community engagement, heritage skills, collections and the building.

The museum is a perfect surviving example of the Victorian museum, an exemplar of the taxonomy systems and learning styles of the period.

The Wisbech & Fenland Museum – Fit for the future project will build the resilience of one of the oldest museums in the UK; the Museum opened in 1847 and continues to collect, care for, and interpret the natural and cultural heritage of Wisbech and the surrounding Fens. The Museum collections originally were made up of natural sciences and local flora and fauna. Today, in addition to incomparable literary documents of international significance, the museum holds a substantial archive, including parish registers, local government records, manorial records, directories, photographs and maps.

The roles require a minimum of a half shift per week (full shift is normally 10am to 4pm) for at least 12 weeks. The post is reviewed annually to ensure it is continually supportive for the volunteer and the museum.

The posts report to the museum curator/ manager and are based at Wisbech & Fenland museum PE13 1ES

Role profiles

Volunteering Development coordinator, will

•           be overlooking the volunteering operations, volunteer policy, volunteer coordinators and volunteer development/ satisfaction at the museum

•           support the museum staff in opening and closing the museum for certain activities

•           be involved in the museum’s overall activity planning

Volunteer Heritage Operations coordinator, will

•           be overlooking the recruitment, development and support of volunteers for the following heritage operations:

(Preventive) Conservation

Local History volunteers

Cataloguing and research volunteers

Operations Admin volunteers

Visitor experience leader volunteers (Includes key holding)

Front of house Visitor Experience volunteers

•           support the museum staff in opening and closing the museum for certain activities

•           be involved in the museum’s overall activity planning

Volunteer Artistic coordinator/ officer, will

•           be overlooking the production and delivery of the museum’s artistic programme and supervise the volunteer programming coordinators

•           support the museum staff in opening and closing the museum for certain activities

•           be involved in the museum’s overall activity planning

Volunteer Programming coordinator x 2, will

•           be overlooking the recruitment, development and support of volunteers for the programing activity:

Events and exhibitions Volunteers

Formal learning and outreach Volunteers

Tours, talks, Lectures, costumed interpreters

Arts and crafts, sewing, gardening volunteers

•           support the museum staff in opening and closing the museum for certain activities

•           be involved in the museum’s overall activity planning

Volunteer Heritage Development coordinator, will

•           be supporting the business development operations, recruit, develop and support a team of development volunteers:

Marketing volunteers

Website, social media, IT volunteers

Fundraising volunteers

•           support the museum staff in opening and closing the museum for certain activities

•           be involved in the museum’s overall activity planning

Volunteer Fit for the Future project support, will

•           provide administrative and research support for the Fit for the Future project and associated volunteer recruitment museum activities

•           support the museum staff in opening and closing the museum for certain activities

•           be involved in the museum’s overall activity planning

Volunteer Fit for the future marketing support x 2, will

•           support the marketing plan development, volunteer recruitment and ongoing marketing activity for the Fit for the Future project and associated museum activities

•           support the museum staff in opening and closing the museum for certain activities

•           be involved in the museum’s overall activity planning

Volunteer Fit for the future Community Engagement support, will

•           support the coordination and delivery of community engagement outreach activity for the Fit for the Future project and associated museum activities

•           support the museum staff in opening and closing the museum for certain activities

•           be involved in the museum’s overall activity planning

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In addition to safeguarding the museum’s future thanks to your contribution, in return for your support you will enjoy…

•           Being a key member of the museum family.

•           Opportunities for personal and professional growth and development in a community-focussed museum

•           Gaining specialised experience within a wide range of key areas of heritage and museum operations

•           A supportive, friendly, environment

•           Induction to the Wisbech & Fenland museum, its people and operations

•           Full training as required to perform the role

•           Out-of-pocket travel expenses, as described in the Volunteering Policy

•           Invitation to volunteering and museum events, and discount in the shop

No previous experience required – just bring your enthusiasm!

To request the full role profile for each post, more information or an expression of interest form please email info@wisbechmuseum.org.uk

Work Experience

In addition to long-term volunteers, we are also happy to help students and job-seekers with short-term museum placements.

School Placements:

The Museum receives several Year 10 work placements every year and gives students the chance to learn about many aspects of museum work.

What kind of experience can you expect to gain?

•Front of House (welcoming visitors, manning the phone and shop, taking bookings etc)
•Collections Care (creating indexes, cleaning and storing objects, etc)
•Education (assisting with school visits in the museum or in school)
•Events (supporting events in the galleries or at external venues, publicity)
•Office support (general administrative support, eg filing, phones, ICT etc)

What transferable skills can you gain?

•Written and spoken communication
•Accuracy and a methodical approach
•Team and independent work
•Organisation
•Flexibility

Professional Development Placements:

These placements are on a voluntary basis and are intended to help develop specific skills and knowledge, such collections management, or events planning, delivery and evaluation.

If you are interested in a placement at the Museum, please contact us to discuss this on 01945 583817, or email us at info@wisbechmuseum.org.uk.