Opportunity of the Week @ National Army Museum

This week's featured volunteer opportunity is:

Museum Collections Care Volunteer, National Army Museum

Opportunity Description

The National Army Museum is completely redeveloping its main Chelsea site for the first time since opening in 1971. A unique opportunity now exists to assist the movement of the Museum's stores and displays at Chelsea comprising over 500,000 items.

To offer volunteers a unique opportunity to play a key role while gaining experience working with a national museum collection of historic importance.


  • Physical handling of collections objects, including packing.
  • Bar-coding and repacking objects.
  • Listing and possibly some cataloguing of objects (training will be provided).
  • Updating object records on computer.

Other Information:

  • Full in-house training will be provided, including site induction; health and safety issues such as ladder training; museum object manual handling; equal opportunities, specific computer applications if required.
  • Expenses: reasonable out of pocket travel expenses to and from place of work, and sandwich lunch will be provided.
  • Volunteers' Handbook with helpful information.
  • Regular feedback meetings with staff and the volunteer steering group.
  • To protect from dust and dirt, overalls and nitrile gloves are provided, as necessary.
  • Volunteers will work in a team with a curator, processing the artefacts, to the set standards.
  • This may entail standing or limited moving around for periods of time, and lifting boxes.

Benefits to the Volunteer

  • Becoming part of a friendly and dedicated team.
  • Gain practical knowledge of Collections Management within UK Museums and institutions.
  • Contribute to the long-term preservation of the nation's heritage, essential to any museum.

Skills & Qualifications Required


  • Good general standard of English literacy and numeracy.
  • Happy to work as a team member and have a willingness to learn.
  • Ability to work to a consistent pattern of tasks.
  • General ICT skills (word-processing, database, spread-sheet programmes).


  • General interest in British history.

To apply for this opportunity, please complete a registration form.

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