There are many different ways and opportunities to volunteer your time and talents at Ely Museum. Whatever your experience, there are opportunities for you to get involved. 

Whether you can spare a few hours, a few days or even longer, we really appreciate the time given by people filling these roles as they contribute to the museum’s activities, educational programming and help us maintain our varied local history collection. 

Volunteering with our award-winning volunteer team is a great way to develop your skills and meet new people, while supporting us and enhancing the experience of our visitors. 

Please fill out an application form and return it to Emily, our Community Engagement Officer, by email at or call us on 01353 666655 for further information.

Application Form

Please fill out an application form and return it to Emily, our Community Engagement Officer, by email at

Types of volunteering at Ely Museum

Collections volunteers

Collections volunteers assist the museum staff in research, object handling and exhibition writing. If you’re passionate about objects, would enjoy researching and handling real objects from our collection or even have specialist knowledge you’re willing to share, then please do get in contact to find out about our newest project or exhibition.

Education Volunteers

If you’re passionate about engaging children and would enjoy volunteering alongside staff at Ely Museum & fellow volunteers, then we’d love to hear from you. Education at Ely Museum comes in many forms including formal education visits to fun & engaging informal learning sessions for children of all ages. From dinosaurs and pre-history to toys of the 1970s, our learning programme covers a wide range of topics and periods of history.

Event volunteers

If you enjoy meeting & talking to new people and having fun with a variety of activities from handling objects to craft activities, we’d love to have you as an event volunteer at Ely Museum. Most events take place at the weekend and during the school holidays, but others occur during the week too. Our events programme is varied and diverse, so whether you enjoy donning a costume and becoming a reenactor for the day or are a dab hand with a glue stick – there is a role and an event for you!

General volunteer

Just enjoy getting stuck in and can turn your hand to most things? Love sharing your passion for local history? Want to meet new people & learn more about the history of the Fens? We’d love to hear from you! If you’re happy to hear about any and all opportunities, then join us as a general volunteer and get involved.

Work experience, internships & placements

Please get in contact with us directly to enquire about work experience opportunities at Ely Museum.

Have something specific in mind?

Perhaps you have a specific area of interest or a unique skill that you think the museum would benefit from – please do get in contact and let us know how you would like to volunteer & we will do our best to make it possible.