Hastings Museum & Art Gallery is looking for volunteers to help support the museum programme, working alongside the curatorial team to improve the care and documentation of the museum’s collections. The volunteers will play a vital role in being a visible welcoming presence in the gallery, monitoring and engaging with visitors.

Kim Forward, lead councillor for culture, says: “Whether you are retired and looking to keep busy, a parent with time to spare while the kids are at school or a student looking for work experience to fit around your studies, volunteering at the museum can be a fulfilling experience that is fun and helps develop your skills.”

Volunteers do not require any special skills, knowledge or experience. Anyone over 18 can apply as all training and support will be provided. The museum is particularly keen to receive applications from people who might not have thought of the museum as a place they would go.

As one of the newest volunteers, Heather, says: “These worlds are opening up to me more and more … it is rewarding to know that I play a part in helping our visitors gain from their experience here too.”

Bill, a local studies volunteer finds the volunteering a great way of adding value to the town’s history: “I enjoy volunteering for the local studies room because it allows me to help answer a wide range of queries and learn at the same time … I feel that I can make a contribution that has genuine value.”

Even after ten years the museum’s longest-serving volunteer, Andre, enjoys it as much as ever: “In ten years I can truly say that no one day is the same. As a volunteer you never know what you’re going to be asked about. This
can sometimes be a learning curve for you, the buzz comes when you find the information required.”

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