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Volunteers needed to help our local museums

Last Modified November 10, 2021

Hertsmere’s four museums are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help bring our local history to life.

Bushey Museum and Art Gallery, Elstree and Borehamwood Museum, Potters Bar Museum, and Radlett and District Museum are run entirely by volunteers and are looking for residents to help support the daily running of the museums.

Councillor Meenal Sachdev, Portfolio Holder for Community, Leisure, Culture and Health, said: “Our museums are run entirely by volunteers. They make our museums great places to visit and without those members of our community who give their time generously, our museums would not be here.

“Our museums always need more volunteers, so if you have a few hours a month or week to spare, they would love your help. There is a surprising variety of activities on offer, so whatever your skills or personality, there is something for everyone volunteering at one of our museums.

“Experience isn’t necessary, nor is any special or in-depth knowledge of the area, as full training and support will be given. What really matters is enthusiasm, a passion for sharing our borough's fascinating history, and an enjoyment of talking to people from all walks of life. If this sounds like you, our museums would love to hear from you.”

Volunteers can give as much time to our museums as they would like. So whatever time you can spare to help our museums, would be appreciated. 

Anyone can apply to be a volunteer at one of our museums, but you must be over 16 years old. Whatever your stage in life, volunteering at one of our museums can offer an opportunity to learn new skills, share your knowledge and experience while meeting new people and actively supporting your local community.

Whether you are looking to make new friends, or to add a new skill to your CV, there are many different ways to get involved:

  • Front of house welcoming visitors to the museum and helping them get the most from their visit
  • Cataloguing objects to helping with displays
  • Researching our past by delving into our archives to find the hidden stories
  • Creating and updating our online content
  • Helping to research, design and curate temporary exhibitions
  • Helping to keep the museum safe and looking at its best
  • Facilitating school visits and helping families get the most out of the museum and our events
  • Helping to research or run our reminiscence events within the local community.

Cllr Sachdev added: “Our volunteers are a friendly and welcoming group. They bring our local history to life. We are so proud of what they have achieved and our museums wouldn’t be here without them.”

You can hear from our museums by watching our short video: Volunteering With Hertsmere’s Museums - YouTube

To find out more about volunteering you can pop in to the museum you would like to volunteer at, visit the relevant museum on our website: www.hertsmere.gov.uk/museums or contact your local museum:

Bushey Museum and Art Gallery
Rudolph Road, Bushey, WD23 3HW
020 8420 4057
Thursday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm

Elstree and Borehamwood Museum
Shenley Road, Borehamwood, WD6 1EB
01442 454888
Tuesday and Thursday: midday to 6pm
Saturdays: 10am to 3pm.

Potters Bar Museum:
Wyllyotts Centre
Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, EN6 2HN
01707 645005
Tuesdays and Wednesdays 2.30pm to 4.30pm

Radlett and District Museum
413A Watling Street, Radlett, WD7 7JG
(Rear of Radlett Village Institute)
Wednesdays and Saturdays: 10am to midday

Posted on Wednesday 10th November 2021

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