Tewkesbury Museum is a small independent museum founded in 1962. It is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, managed by a Board of Trustees and run entirely by volunteers. In a normal year it ...
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SummaryVolunteer receptionists needed to meet and greet visitors and provide brief information about our exhibitions.
We have two main aims: to care for our collections, which focus on Tewkesbury and its surrounding area, and to display them to the public. As a volunteer-only organisation our receptionists deliver the second of these aims, allowing us to open to visitors.
Receptionists spend a few hours a week in our museum in the centre of Tewkesbury. A 'morning' shift is from 11 to 1 and an afternoon one from 1 to 4.
Receptionists greet visitors and provide brief information about our exhibitions. They may also carry out some light housekeeping. Two or three volunteers are always on duty when the museum is open.
We provide full training.
If you're sociable and like meeting members of the public you will enjoy this role. A knowledge of local history would be an advantage, but is not essential.
If you like the idea of volunteering in our museum but don't feel that reception duties are right for you, get in touch with us anyway - we have a number of other roles, one of which may suit you better.
We welcome applications irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity/paternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.
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About Tewkesbury Museum
The Museum’s statement of purpose is: ‘To collect and preserve objects of relevance to the history of Tewkesbury and its environs. The Museum places special emphasis on the educational potential of its collections by documenting, conserving, promoting and providing access to them.’
The Museum occupies a timber-framed building built in around 1670, leased from Tewkesbury Town Council for a peppercorn rent, and currently in a poor state of repair for which remedial plans – but not funding – exist.
There are approximately 6,000 objects or groups of objects in the collection, arranged over six exhibition rooms, and spanning every period in the town’s history. These are recorded in a ‘Modes’ database.
Two of our displays have been enhanced recently: the fairground display, which consists of a model fairground made in the 1950s together with relevant historical notes; and the Battle of Tewkesbury display, which centres on a diorama of the battle made for the 500th anniversary celebrations in 1971.
Another display, celebrating Raymond Priestley, a survivor of Scott’s Antarctic expedition, is scheduled to be upgraded over the next year or two.