Volunteers assist the Museum in many ways, from stewarding our furnished buildings and exhibitions during opening hours to assisting with the Museum administration. Volunteers also help during our special events and activities, as well as helping with maintenance, conservation and gardening.

We are always keen to attract new volunteers. We offer full training and support, out of pocket expenses and discounts on refreshments in our Edwardian Tea Room.


Individual volunteering

We have a number of opportunities available for people who would like to volunteer as an individual. If you are interested in any of the roles below please email volunteer@avoncroft.org.uk or use our online contact form.

We are unable to take volunteers under 16 years of age, and there are some restrictions on volunteers aged between 16-18 years old. Please advise us if you are a younger person seeking to volunteer when you contact us.

Building and exhibit guides

Avoncroft Museum has building guides to interpret and care for the exhibit buildings. Duties include the interpretation, cleaning and security of the buildings, as well as being positive ambassadors for the Museum who provide a warm welcome and an enjoyable and informative visit for our customers. It is important that volunteers balance strong customer care skills with the care and security of the building and museum collection within them.

Gardening Volunteers

We appreciate the help volunteers provide maintaining the Museum’s grounds and gardens. We have a wildflower meadow and are developing a wildlife pond in the Orchard. Duties include digging, mowing, planting and lifting under the guidance of our Gardener. Volunteers need to be physically fit to carry out the required duties.

Maintenance Volunteers

Avoncroft is always looking for people to help maintain the Museum’s buildings and services. Duties include painting, digging, woodworking and lifting. Those with plumbing and electrical skills would also be very welcome. Volunteers would need to be physically fit to carry out the required duties.

Events & Activities Volunteers

Our volunteers make the events and activities that the museum runs possible – without them, there would be no castle building, bug hunting, code cracking or anything else. They work directly with the public, helping to make their day out at Avoncroft Museum the best it can be.

The roles includes preparation before events and presence at events to help run and supervise activities. This could include; preparing materials for craft activities (at the museum or at home), helping to develop activities, setting up activities at the Museum before an event and clearing away afterwards, delivering events and activities to family groups, contributing to events evaluation, working with the public around the Museum, working with other volunteers, and working with Museum staff.

Events and activities roles would suit those who can volunteer as and when both at weekends and during the week.


Group Volunteering

Avoncroft Museum has a number of opportunities for groups of up to 30 people who would like to undertake a voluntary project. This can be a single day volunteering or a more regular arrangement. The activities are fully risk assessed and insured.

Examples of projects are:

  • Creating raised gardening beds so we can grow produce to use in our Edwardian Tea Room
  • Creating a new wildlife pond
  • Planting and weeding the Museum’s period gardens

If your group is interested in volunteering please email volunteer@avoncroft.org.uk


Visit worcsvolunteering.org for more information about volunteering opportunities at Avoncroft and other Worcestershire museums.