Volunteer at the Abbey Museum

Create your own story by becoming part of a bigger story. Here are just 5 reasons you should volunteer at the Abbey Museum:

  1. Our team is friendly, supportive and caring. We work together to create something special here at the Abbey Museum.
  2. We get to do really cool things like researching ancient artefacts, building medieval props, or teaching students how to excavate an archaeological dig.
  3. We are preserving a remarkable history for future generations.
  4. The Abbey Museum hosts some really unique and different events like our Medieval Festival and you get to be part of this!
  5. We enrich the lives of our visitors through the stories that come from our collection.
Volunteers at the 2019 Abbey Medieval Festival

My passion for unique experiences and those wow moments, inspire me to be creative in my role, and think outside of the box! It allows me to flex my creative muscles, something which my day to day job doesn’t allow.”
– Jesse Challinor, Abbey Medieval Festival Volunteer

Join one of Australia’s most prestigious small museums, a priceless treasure house of fine art and antiquities. The Museum will offer you many opportunities to broaden your skills in a friendly and supportive environment.

The Abbey Museum is what it is today because of the tireless work of our valued volunteers and we are always looking for more people to help.

Volunteer roles range from manning the Reception Desk and assisting with education programs, to helping behind the scenes with sewing, props, gardening and office support. Volunteers can also help at a number of events throughout the year, such as our historically themed school holiday programs.

Volunteer Positions Currently Available

Education Officers – assist in educating the many students that visit the Museum and participate in one of our education programs (training in house)

Garden and Grounds Maintenance – includes mowing, whipper snipping, garden care

Sewers – making costumes for our events, also flags, bags, banners and other items…

Opportunities

There are opportunities for students to undertake an internship here at the Abbey Museum. Positions currently available in event management and marketing. To know more please contact marketing@abbeymuseum.asn.au

The Abbey Museum offers students opportunities to participate in structured workplace learning with a real employer. Work placement can be undertaken in years 10, 11 or 12. Please email us directly to organise work placement.

Departments & Roles

Administration

The Administration team support the core staff with the operations of the Museum which includes data entry, filing, photocopying, research, phone calls and general computer work. They provide administrative support for the pre planning of Museum events and activities. The Administration team ensure the Museum runs accordingly to our Vision and goals.

Catering team

The catering team provides morning or afternoon teas and lunches for visiting groups. They also run a small café during our week-long school holiday programs. Do you like interacting with people or do you prefer to work behind the scenes? There are positions to suit both personalities in our catering team.

Collection Management

The Collection Management team is responsible for researching and documenting the amazing artefacts in our collection. They also provide support to the Senior Curator and Registrar in the display, storage, conservation and maintenance of the collection. Research is an important part of this position, so if you have one of those minds that loves discovering new things, then consider applying to join the collections team.

Education Programs

The Education Team assist Mel, our Education Manager, in designing, developing and presenting our programs to school students who visit the Abbey Museum. You will get to present some of our cool and engaging programs such as an Archaeological dig, Heritage trails and an Egyptian Mummification workshop. It is all about making learning engaging and fun for students. As a team member you will also undertake other general tasks as required from time to time to support the programs and activities of the Museum.

Event Planning

The Abbey Museum annually hosts a series of historically-themed events including Picnic at Pemberley, the Abbey Open Day and Christmas Markets and other smaller fundraisers. Your role would be to assist with the planning, organisation and presentation of these events. Some experience in event management is not necessary, but would be great!

Gardening

The Abbey Museum is surrounded by a lovely garden and lawns. Our Gardening Team have the great job of maintaining the gardens and grounds so that they look beautiful for our many visitors. Your jobs will include mowing, whipper snipping and general gardening – pruning, weeding and watering.

Marketing

Join an amazing small team and assist us to achieve great things. Help market the Abbey Museum and Medieval Festival, source funding for ongoing development through various avenues, and work with a range of media outlets to promote the Museum and its events. Much of our momentum is driven by Volunteers and the Marketing department is looking to grow their team. We have big plans for the Museum and Festival in 2020, it also may be a perfect time for you to up-skill and take some powerful strides yourself. We are looking for positive, can-do attitude people, with basic social media skills, who are organised and have attention to detail.

Medieval Festival

Every year over 300 volunteers join us for an amazing medieval experience. Our ‘Maxime Heroica’ (greatest heroes) team experience the Abbey Medieval Festival from behind the scenes, and fill a wide variety of important roles. Serve guests at our medieval banquet, manage a performance venue or join the Photography team! There are many opportunities open to anyone aged 15+ years. Sign up now.

Reception Desk

Our reception team welcome visitors to the Abbey Museum. This role includes processing entrance fees, selling merchandise, answering inquiries and generally assisting visitors to have a positive experience in their time at the Museum. We have very busy times at the Museum but other times when it is very quiet and visitors are few and far between. During the quiet times we suggest you bring a book to read or maybe some hand-sewing! No experience necessary, but a friendly outgoing demeanour or customer service skills would be great. Training in Vend Point of Sale system will be provided.

School Holiday Programs

Each year the Abbey Museum holds four historically-themed kids programs during the school holidays. Themes include ancient Egypt, the Vikings, ancient Rome, Medieval, Stone Age, Oriental and Archaeology. Our volunteers facilitate fun activities such as archery, painting, craft, our mini archaeological digs and more. A great opportunity for high school students to gain some work experience.

Sewing and Costumes

For this position we are looking for volunteers with sewing/dressmaking skills. Our sewing team primarily make costumes for the annual Medieval Festival and other Museum fundraising events. They also make flags, bags and many other items for sale. To date, they have made over 200 medieval volunteer uniforms, children’s and adults’ costumes for several time periods, gorgeous costumes for our medieval banquet guests, hundreds of metres of bunting, huge appliquéd and quilted banners, leather pouches and belts, canvas stall covers and more! Will require a basic knowledge of sewing skills to be able to do fittings and minor alterations.

Shed & Craft Team

The Abbey Museum is looking for volunteers to help with preparing education material, painting props, stocktaking, and assisting with the set-up of events and programs.  

Tour Guides

The Museum is looking for Guides interested in presenting a number of tours that are designed to engage, inspire and excite. So if you enjoy talking and like to share your knowledge, this would be a great position for you. The Museum currently offers a tour of the unique collection of stained glass in the Abbey Church. Some of this stained glass was originally from the Lady Chapel of Winchester Cathedral in England.

Woodwork and Prop Maintenance

This position includes building wooden or metal props for Museum or Festival use, creating replica artefacts for the Archaeological Digs, constructing signs and making furniture. Woodworkers may occasionally be asked to help out with other jobs, especially around the time of the annual Medieval Festival.