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Our project already involves people from all walks of life, but there is always room for more! If you would like to get involved with Richard Jefferies and the museum, we would love to hear from you.

The project has a long list of roles (see below) that need the passion and valuable time of volunteers, and we are always looking for people who think they have something useful to offer as a member of the museum team. But you don't need to be a museum expert - or even know anything about Jefferies - we offer full training and an almost endless supply of tea and biscuits plus a fun, friendly atmosphere! So, if you are an expert in building, or legal matters, or fundraising, or gardening, or simply enjoy reading good literature, pick up the phone/drop us an email and we can chat about whether the project might be able to offer you something!

Volunteer covering a window
Volunteer varnishing a gate
Volunteer painting a window frame

VOLUNTEER ROLES
The roles we have already identified are listed below. If you are interested in any of them, in any way, please contact us. But if you have other ideas, skills or times that you might be able to offer, we would also be interested in hearing from you. Please be aware that the museum is an old building and has three floors with steep staircases but we still have a policy to be as inclusive as is practically possible.

Mother and Toddler Group Assistant.To assist with mother and toddler (aged 0 – 5) group. Help with general duties, making drinks, offering an extra pair of hands.Role would suit a mature lady.
Available Times: Every Monday from 11 – 12am.

Stewards. To jin a small team who greet public visitors and help them find their way around our small, friendly museum. No age limits or special requirements, but volunteers should know that the musuem is on three floors with steep stairs. Although the museum  is about Richard Jefferies, no knowledge of Jefferies or museums is needed, just an enthusiasm to work with others and interact with the public.
Available Times: Second Wednesday each month throughout the year: 10am – 1 pm and/or 1pm – 3pm; and Sundays between early May and later September: 2pm – 5pm.  

Catering Manager. To run a small ‘tea shop’, preparing and selling cream teas (with ready-made scones), as well as filter coffee (no cappuccinos etc.) and various other drinks and small snacks. The tea-shop is run from the museum kitchen and focuses mainly on customers sitting in the gardens, though there is also a small tabled area in the buildings. The role will involve the day-to-day running of the tea-shop, taking care of stock control, serving the public and co-ordinating of catering assistants (preparation and serving). No age limits or special requirements. The museum  is about Richard Jefferies, a Victorian nature writer, but no knowledge of Jefferies or museums is needed, just an enthusiasm to work with others and interact with the public.
Available Times: Second Wednesday each month throughout the year: 10am – 1 pm and/or 1pm – 3pm; and Sundays between early May and later September: 2pm – 5pm.  

Catering Assistant/s. To work as part of a team in a small ‘tea shop’, preparing and selling cream teas (with ready-made scones), as well as filter coffee (no cappuccinos etc.) and various other drinks and small snacks. The tea-shop is run from the museum kitchen and focuses mainly on customers sitting in the gardens, though there is also a small tabled area in the buildings. The role will involve the simple preparation and serving of food and drinks. No age limits or special requirements. The museum  is about Richard Jefferies, a Victorian nature writer, but no knowledge of Jefferies or museums is needed, just an enthusiasm to work with others and interact with the public.
Available Times: Second Wednesday each month throughout the year: 10am – 1 pm and/or 1pm – 3pm; and Sundays between early May and later September: 2pm – 5pm.  

Grant finder/fundraiser.To work with museum management and Trustees to find possible funding streams and ideas. The role will be essentially computer-based (tasks could be done at home or at the museum) and involve research into what funding opportunities there are and possibly helping to formulate funding strategies and bids in tandem to the museum’s aims and aspirations. No age limits or special requirements. The museum  is about Richard Jefferies, a Victorian nature writer, but no knowledge of Jefferies or museums is needed, though some understanding of funding bodies and/or processes would be hugely advantageous.
Available Times: Mondays and/or Thursdays, anytime between 10am and 4pm; Second Wednesday each month throughout the year: 10am – 1 pm and/or 1pm – 3pm; and Sundays between early May and later September: 2pm – 5pm.  

Handyman/woman. To perform general maintenance and development tasks on and around a group of Victorian farm buildings and gardens. No age limits, but some practical skills will be required. However, there are so many different tasks needed that any skill would be an asset from basic woodworking to mixing cement, from painting to basic electrics, or from plumbing to bricklaying. 
Available Times:Mondays and/or Thursdays, anytime between 10am and 4pm; Second Wednesday each month throughout the year: 10am – 1 pm and/or 1pm – 3pm; and Sundays between early May and later September: 2pm – 5pm.  

Garden Supervisor. To perform general maintenance and development tasks throughout the extensive gardens of a Victorian farmhouse, taking a hands-on role and working with and guiding other volunteers.  The role will also involve working with museum management and Trustees in developing elements that relate to the history of the house and the writings of Richard Jefferies. The museum has an extensive range of garden tools, including a ride-on lawn mower. No age limits, but knowledge and practical skills of gardening will be required. The gardens require maintenance of lawns, trees and shrubs, and flower beds. 
Available Times:Mondays and/or Thursdays, anytime between 10am and 4pm; Second Wednesday each month throughout the year: 10am – 1 pm and/or 1pm – 3pm; and Sundays between early May and later September: 2pm – 5pm.  

Gardener/s. To perform general maintenance and development tasks throughout the extensive gardens of a Victorian farmhouse, taking a hands-on role and working with and guiding other volunteers.  The role will also involve working with museum management and Trustees in developing elements that relate to the history of the house and the writings of Richard Jefferies. The museum has an extensive range of garden tools, including a ride-on lawn mower. No age limits, but knowledge and practical skills of gardening will be required. The gardens require maintenance of lawns, trees and shrubs, and flower beds and all the tasks associated with such maintenance. 
Available Times: Mondays and/or Thursdays, anytime between 10am and 4pm; Second Wednesday each month throughout the year: 10am – 1 pm and/or 1pm – 3pm; and Sundays between early May and later September: 2pm – 5pm.  

Retail Manager. To run a small retail concern on the museum premises, selling a range of goods relating to Richard Jefferies, the countryside and local produce. The role will include stock management, handling of funds  and co-ordination of other volunteers. Also, working with museum management and Trustees, the role would involve discussions about strategy and future development.No age limits, but knowledge and experience in retail would be hugely beneficial.
Available Times:Second Wednesday each month throughout the year: 10am – 1 pm and/or 1pm – 3pm; and Sundays between early May and later September: 2pm – 5pm.  

Cleaner. To perform general  cleaning duties around the museum, particularly after the museum has been open or held an event. The cleaning required includes washing of floors and surfaces, collecting rubbish, vacuuming, dusting and polishing, and there is usually washing up that needs to be done too. The museum has a number of rooms, an office, a kitchen, and two toilets that all need regular cleaning. However, the role could just be for certain elements, not necessarily all. No age limits, or special skills required, just an enthusiasm to ‘get stuck in’. 
Available Times:Mondays and/or Thursdays, anytime between 10am and 4pm; Second Wednesday each month throughout the year: 10am – 1 pm and/or 1pm – 3pm; and Sundays between early May and later September: 2pm – 5pm.  

Volunteer Co-ordinator. To co-ordinate the activities of the museum’s volunteers, helping museum management and Trustees to recruit and maintain a strong volunteer force, through helping to organise timetables, documentation, communications and tasks for the volunteers. 
No age limits, but some knowledge and experience of people/task management will be required.  
Available Times: Mondays and/or Thursdays, anytime between 10am and 4pm; Second Wednesday each month throughout the year: 10am – 1 pm and/or 1pm – 3pm; and Sundays between early May and later September: 2pm – 5pm.  

Office Assistant. To work in a small office helping museum management and Trustees with office duties such as data-input, typing, sorting, web searches etc.. The role will be primarily on eth computer but will also involve other light tasks around the museum. No age limits, but some knowledge and experience of using computers will be required.  
Available Times: Mondays and/or Thursdays, anytime between 10am and 4pm; Second Wednesday each month throughout the year: 10am – 1 pm and/or 1pm – 3pm; and Sundays between early May and later September: 2pm – 5pm.  

Other possible roles:
Archivist
Curatorship
Researchers – Jefferies, gardens, internal, architecture, agriculture...
Data input for collections catalogue
Marketing/outreach/publicity
Librarian

If you are interested in any of the roles, in any way, please contact us. Or if you have other ideas, skills or times that you might be able to offer, we would also be interested in hearing from you.

 

Creative Commons Licence Images of volunteers at the museum by Simon Bridewell (more at www.swindongallery.org.uk)
They are licenced under a Creative Commons Licence.

 
The Mulberry tree in the garden
Quote from Field and Hedgerow
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