My name is Sally Palmer and I started volunteering at the museum in early 2012.
I come from a banking background but have also been a scout leader for nearly 40 years.
I started volunteering as I had retired 2 years earlier and tried part time work, but wasn’t enjoying it, so thought I would try something different. I looked into working in charity shops but that didn’t appeal, then I then met a friend at a council gathering of local community volunteers and she introduced me to a Museum volunteer. We got talking and I decided to give it a try, and I am still here today.
I like volunteering because you are not really tied down to specific days and if you need a day off it shouldn’t be a problem, and you meet people from all walks of life.
As I work in the education sector I have learnt a lot about history, especially the Victorians, and I hated history at school!
I have recommended the museum to a few people, especially the tearoom, as it is a very friendly place to volunteer.
SIMON DUNK, LEAD GARDENER
I returned to East Dorset in 2005 and started as a Room Steward the following year. In those days there was a steward at all times in the Victorian Kitchen. This was my Saturday P.M slot. In 2007, I was asked if I would take over the composting and rubbish removal in the garden. This over the years evolved into becoming one of the volunteers in the garden and has been ongoing ever since. Combined with helping in other areas as and when required, and time permitting.
Volunteering gives one a purpose in life, gets you out and about, develops other interests, meet other people, keeps the brain active, and last but not least, keeps the body active with physical exercise. Doing a regular slot of volunteering gives one a fuller picture of the overall running and management of the Museum. This can all help to aid the overall picture/viability of the Wimborne community.
One of the main reasons for now spending more time in the garden is: The garden is based upon the old medieval burgage plot and runs from the High Street to the mill stream. As a child in the late 1940s and food rationing was still going, a treat was to come into Wimborne, visit the Corfe Mullen Dairy (on the corner of Mill Lane) and have boiled egg for tea, off ration. In those days, the garden ran down to the mill steam, which impressed me and remained in my mind. What have we with the Museum garden. Down to the stream. If one small child today gathers an impression of the Museum Garden on a visit, as we try to keep it in an informal state but tidy, and remembers it in 40 or 50 years, then my volunteering has been worthwhile.
For the right sort of person, volunteering can be most enjoyable, fun, educational and extremely satisfying.