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Volunteer at Chippenham Museum

Our team of over 60 volunteers are the backbone of our museum. Their roles range from meeting and greeting our visitors to getting involved with looking after the collections.

The frequency of volunteering with the museum can vary to suit individual needs, ranging from taking part in occasional activities to volunteering for a couple of hours every week.

We are always happy to discuss your individual interests and ways in which you may like to volunteer within the team. Please visit the museum, call 01249 705020 or email if you would like to discuss anything relating to volunteer opportunities.

What we can offer:

  • Meeting new people as part of the Chippenham Museum volunteer team
  • Opportunities to develop new or existing skills eg customer service
  • References for future roles
  • Opportunities to assist with other volunteering roles and projects
  • Free parking and refreshments when volunteering
  • Social events including summer and christmas volunteer parties
  • Annual group trip to a museum/attraction
  • Opportunity to build knowledge of the museum’s collection and the local area with programme of ‘Volunteer Bites’ short talks throughout the year

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Seasonal Visitor Welcome Volunteer

Applications open until: Sunday 18 April

Play a big part in helping visitors enjoy, understand and discover Chippenham’s past this summer as a Visitor Welcome Volunteer. This role is based at the museum and Yelde Hall and can be enjoyably varied, often shaped by the interests of visitors, and gives volunteers the opportunity to interact with visitors both from both the local area and all over the world.

This role will include:

  • Greeting visitors and encouraging conversations to create a warm and friendly experience throughout a visit
  • Answering questions where possible about the museum and local area
  • Using a touch screen till in the museum shop and cash handling
  • Stewarding exhibitions, helping visitors whilst also monitoring objects and interactives

What we are looking for:

This role would suit those with a friendly and approachable manner who would feel confident and enthusiastic when interacting with visitors. All volunteers receive training, however some knowledge of Chippenham and confidence with digital technology would be an advantage.


This role will take place between June and October, with opportunities to join the team during the week and on Saturdays. Volunteers either join us for a regular time slot, weekly or fortnightly, or are flexible based on availability. The museum is open Monday to Saturday, with 3 hour volunteer sessions 10am to 1pm and 1pm to 4pm.

How to apply:

Please download our Volunteer Application Form (paper copies are also available from museum) and return by Sunday 18 April  by email to , post to Chippenham Museum, 9 – 10 Market Place, Chippenham, Wiltshire,  SN15 3HF or in person.

Alternatively, click here to apply via the Do It website.

Friends of the Museum

Our friends group supports the museum by raising money, promoting activities and organising an enjoyable social programme. As well as a regular newsletter Friends are invited to exhibition openings, talks and special activities

If you are interested in joining the friends group, please click here to download and return an Application Form. Copies are also available from Chippenham Museum.

A copy of the Friends of Chippenham Museum’s Data Protection Policy can be viewed here.

A copy of the Friends of Chippenham Museum’s Constitution can be viewed here