The Museum of East Dorset wouldn’t be what it is today without the incredible contribution of our volunteers, who give thousands of hours of their time each year. The museum’s volunteer scheme is open to all.

Whether they’re beavering away behind the scenes to maintain the collections, the garden and book shop, greeting you with a smiling face when you arrive, answering your questions, or brewing you a drink in the Tea Room – our volunteers proudly support every element of the organisation.

With boundless energy and enthusiasm, volunteers of all ages and abilities provide invaluable assistance, enabling us to continue our work.

Volunteer roles

There are plenty of opportunities available for anyone wishing to volunteer at the Museum of East Dorset:

Front of House

If you like meeting and interacting with the public, there are many Front of House roles open to you, including the Information Centre and Tea Room. The museum is open six days a week and there are occasional evening and weekend events where we are looking for support.

Learning Service

Volunteers supporting the learning activities at the museum work with our Learning Officer.

At the Museum of East Dorset, we are proud of our varied and engaging learning programmes available for students and pupils of all ages. Activities on offer range from face to face workshops to filming for virtual content.


Are you green fingered? Our beautiful walled garden, adorned by traditional fruit trees, a medlar and a black mulberry to name but a few, is the perfect place to put on your gardening gloves and get involved. The care and maintenance of the garden is a direct result of the dedication of our gardening team.



Volunteering can be an opportunity to learn new skills. Two of our team recently joined our Learning Officer on a highly informative course, which enabled the museum to sign up to the “Kids In Museums” manifesto.

Recognising the amazing work of our volunteers

We truly value every hour that is volunteered. That’s why we want to recognise the incredible contributions and the invaluable work our volunteers do.

Last year, two of our longstanding volunteers received a well-deserved accolade at the Dorset Museums Association AGM, held at Poole Museum. Brian and Sally both received a Volunteer of the Year Award for all their hard work and dedication – their contributions are much appreciated and this award was well deserved.

How to volunteer

If you want to discover more about supporting the Museum of East Dorset as a volunteer, please call 01202 882533 or email us at [email protected] 

You can also download an expression of interest form here and return it to the museum by emailing [email protected] or posting it to: Museum of East Dorset, 23-29 High Street, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 1HR.