Volunteering opportunities with Herefordshire Council

Volunteers are an invaluable resource in Herefordshire, helping to provide additional and enhanced services for the community.

Volunteer for museums and archive services

The Black and White House Museum

The Black and White House Museum is a beautifully conserved 17th Century house furnished in period style situated in High Town in Hereford.

A fascinating hands on museum giving an insight into daily life in Jacobean times and into the history of the city of Hereford.

We have a variety of volunteering roles available, from meeting and greeting our visitors, acting as stewards in the rooms and generally helping to keep everything in the museum running smoothly, providing a great visitor experience. There are also opportunities to get involved in events or showing particular exhibits. Your ideas to make the most of visitors' experience of the museum will always be welcome.

To find out more email us at culturalvolunteering@herefordshire.gov.uk or just drop in and have a chat.

Hereford Museum and Art Gallery

Hereford Museum and Art Gallery, housed in a spectacular Victorian gothic building on Broad Street in Hereford, has been exhibiting historical artefacts and works of art, many connected with the local area since 1874. The museum is full of fascinating local history with hands-on elements for all the family.

The art gallery hosts regularly changing exhibitions of contemporary art, historic art and themed object displays from the museum collections.

The volunteering roles are focussed around meeting and greeting visitors to the museum and gallery and answering any questions they may have.

There are also opportunities to get involved in events and workshops and your ideas will always be welcome.

To find out more email us at culturalvolunteering@herefordshire.gov.uk or just drop in and have a chat.

Volunteering at Herefordshire Archive and Records Centre

Play a part in Herefordshire's history!

Volunteers play an increasingly important part in the life of the archives. We rely on their contribution for a wide range of projects that help to make our archival resources available.

Our volunteers have a wide range of interests and skills. We aim to match these to the activities they are asked to carry out. Volunteers' tasks include cataloguing and indexing collections of archives, repackaging documents protectively, relocating collections within the strongrooms, inputting data and helping with conservation surveys.

All the tasks we ask our volunteers to undertake are incredibly important. Volunteers have a very positive impact on the service we are able to provide. We offer training to volunteers so that they can acquire new skills and enhance the positive impact they make. There are also regular social events so that volunteers can catch up over a slice of cake and cup of tea.

We encourage volunteers to establish a regular pattern of work so that proper preparation can be made for them. As a volunteer you can offer as much or as little time as you are able to. Most of our volunteers join us for a half day a week but this is flexible.

We are happy to take short term placements from school or university students as well. Work experience is an increasingly important element of career planning and the range of activities we offer can be helpful for personal development.

The volunteers are very much part of the team and they take great satisfaction from the role they play. If you would like to join them and share your passion for Herefordshire's archives, we would love to hear from you. Get in touch by email with the senior archivist at archives@herefordshire.gov.uk, or call +44 (0)1432 260750.

We can then discuss your availability, how you can help us and how we can offer you a rewarding experience.

So what are you waiting for?

Come and join us - we're looking forward to seeing you.

You can volunteer as much or as little of your time as you like. It all makes a difference and it is such a rewarding  experience too.