Wisbech & Fenland Museum
 
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

The Museum is very fortunate to have a substantial number of volunteers who support the Museum. They are involved in all the different aspects of Museum work, which range from looking after the objects to helping out at special events and activities.

What are the benefits of volunteering?

•meet new people
•learn new skills
•learn how museums work
•gain knowledge of the local area
•make a valuable contribution to the cultural life of the town
How can I help?
•Front of House (welcoming visitors, manning the shop, telephone and taking bookings)
•Stewarding (manning special exhibitons)
•Care of Collections (cleaning, storing and indexing objects)
•Archives (research, digital imaging, storing and indexing archives)
•Exhibitions (research, production)
•Education (assisting with school groups)
•Events (assisting with practical activities in the Main Gallery or Actvities Room)

How do I become a volunteer?

If you think volunteering is for you, download the volunteer form (download Word document) and send it back to us at the Museum (Museum Square, Wisbech, Cambs PE13 1ES). Alternatively you can drop into the Museum and pick one up. When we receive your form, we will contact you to arrange an infomal chat with you.

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.