Our volunteers help make great things happen at Dorset Museum every day.

Why not become a part of it all by sharing your expertise and enthusiasm with us?

There are plenty of opportunities to get involved – from engaging with our visitors to working in teams behind the scenes. Volunteers support our staff in caring for, conserving and protecting the Museum’s collection of four million objects. They take visitors on tours, help us to make activities and events special, and educational visits unforgettable.

Dorset Museum is committed to an Equal Opportunities Policy and welcomes adult volunteers of every religion, gender, race, disability or background.

The Museum offers a limited number of volunteer student placements each year, usually during the summer. If you would like to be considered for a summer student placement, please contact us for further information.

Why Volunteer?

Volunteering is valuable. It supports the Museum’s vital work and our vision of helping more people to explore and enjoy Dorset’s heritage. It’s great for our volunteers too – a chance to become part of a thriving team, meet new people, learn new skills and share your expertise.

Our volunteers also enjoy:

  • Free refreshments when on duty.
  • Regular social events.
  • Monthly volunteer newsletter.
  • Working with and supporting a nationally important collection.
  • 10% discount in our shop and TASTE café.

On completion of 50 volunteer hours a year, a pass which entitles you to:

  • Unlimited free entry to the Museum outside your volunteering hours


Important Announcement

The lift in the Museum is currently out of action.
We hope to resolve this very soon and apologies for the inconvenience.

  • Opening hours:

    Dorset Museum & Art Gallery
    Daily: 10.00am - 5.00pm

    TASTE Café
    Daily: 9.00am - 4.00pm
    Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm

  • Admissions:

    10% discount for Adult and Young Person Unlimited Ticket booked online using discount code DM01

  • Dorset Museum

    High West Street
    Dorchester DT1 1XA

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  • For more information
    [email protected]

Current Opportunities

Trustee Recruitment

Dorset Museum & Art Gallery (DMAG) is currently looking to recruit new Trustees to join the Board after election at the AGM at the end of this year.

We are looking specifically for Trustees with backgrounds in:

  • Environmental conservation
  • Building conservation
  • Fundraising

Closing date: 9:00am Monday 15 July 2024

Welcome Host

The role of the Welcome Host Gallery Steward is to be present within the atrium to welcome visitors and provide orientation information and general guidance and support to enhance the visitor experience. The Welcome Host is responsible for answering visitors’ enquiries, helping with way-finding and alerting the Visitor Services or Facilities teams to any maintenance or security issues that may arise.

Gallery Steward

The role of the Gallery Steward is to be present within the permanent and temporary exhibition galleries to welcome visitors and provide guidance and support when needed. The Gallery Steward is responsible for answering visitors’ enquiries, helping with way-finding and alerting the Visitor Services team to any maintenance or security issues that may arise.

Learning Volunteer

Learning Volunteers have a vital role to play in supporting the work of the Collections and Public Engagement teams to ensure that visitors of all ages and backgrounds have opportunities to engage with our collections and the stories they tell, and to help our visitors have a welcoming and positive learning experience in the Museum.

Visitor Engagement Volunteer

Public Engagement Volunteers deliver tours, talks, and story-telling services and facilitate opportunities for object handling. They support the staff team in widening access to the Museum collections and the stories they tell about Dorset.

We hope you feel inspired to find out more. Let us know if you are interested and one of our Volunteering Team will be in touch with you soon.

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