The Museum of Computing is run entirely by volunteers. You don't need to know a lot about computers or their history, just be reliable and be willing to be part of a team.
If you'd like to become a volunteer, we have many activities and volunteer tasks.
Current volunteer vacancies
Volunteer Museum Receptionist – Various Hours
Do you like dealing with members of the public? The role is to welcome visitors, take payment on the admissions desk and make sure the gallery is clean and tidy. You do not need any knowledge of computers as this position is predominantly about dealing with people. No experience necessary as full training will be provided. In this role you can gain experience dealing with the public, answering visitor queries, taking payment, using a simple till and basic administrative tasks.
To carry out opening and closing procedures and checks.
To handle cash, operate a simple till, and record sales.
To keep admissions desk and gallery clean, tidy and running.
To assist and serve visitors including people wishing to donate items to the museum and help with relevant paperwork.
To direct visitors to nearby facilities such as refreshments, toilets and cash points.
Polite and friendly
Ability to work with others
Good timekeeping and reliability are essential
It is important that you enjoy dealing with members of the public
You need to be reliable and responsible as without front desk volunteers we cannot open
Volunteers must be 18 years or over
DIY/Maintenance – Ad hoc basis
Are you good at DIY and can spare a couple of hours when needed to help a local independent museum? Hours to suit volunteer. Small repairs and works needed in the gallery, office and storage areas using mainly a hammer, screwdriver or drill. No electrical work. We will provide all tools and materials.
In this role you can increase your knowledge of computers and computer related items, make new friends and gain valuable experience of working as part of a team. You will also have the satisfaction of using your existing skills and the knowledge that you are making a significant contribution in enabling the Museum of Computing to continue our important work.
Inventory / Cataloguing Team
We are working on the completion of our collections inventory, and the continued cataloguing of the collections. Our catalogue is computerised, and easy to learn. Times for these tasks are flexible, but we never work alone for health and safety reasons. Traiing will be given on all tasks, especially on museum-specific tasks which you may not have come across before.
- Complete the ongoing store inventory - training given
- Check for any items moved to gallery without documentation being updated
- Sort and print inventory
- Continue with cataloguing items we're keeping - training given
- Reconcile entry forms to objects when possible
- Make sure donations to be kept are accessioned and then catalogued as soon as possible
- File entry forms
- Be aware of our Collections policies - training given
- Be aware of SPECTRUM requirements (museum documentation) - training given
- Be aware of health and safety eg lifting, plastics degradation - training given
- Accuracy especially with data entry
- Basic computer knowledge - training given to use specific software
- Good team worker - we work in pairs in the store for safety, and we organise sharing of other tasks. We also need to keep records of who's done what and when.
- Ability to follow requirements of museum policies, SPECTRUM (Collections Trust), Arts Council Accreditation, and advice from our MDO and museum mentor who are museum professionals
We welcome all potential volunteers, and our policy does not allow discrimination in any form. Read our Volunteer Policy. Volunteer roles which include activities with children will need a DBS (previously called CRB) check. There is no charge to the volunteer for this.
If you are interested, you can download an application form. This can be opened in MS Office or Open/Libre Office.
You can return this:
- By post or by hand to Volunteer Co-ordinator, 6-7 Theatre Square, Swindon, SN1 1QN
If you return it by hand, please put it in an envelope for your privacy and security.