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Volunteer Collections Assistant

Volunteer Collections Assistant

Anticipated time Contribution: A day or half-day once/twice a week
09.00-16:00 / 09:00-12:30 or 13:00-16:00

Location: Clifton Park Museum, Clifton Lane, Rotherham, S65 2AA Or Museum outstore

Reports to: Karl Noble, Collections Officer

Telephone: 01709 336633


About us

Rotherham Heritage Service is based at Clifton Park Museum in Rotherham.

Clifton House was the home of the Walker family who ran Rotherham Iron Works. It became Rotherham’s Museum in 1893. The museum has fascinating exhibits, including Roman, ceramic and Victorian galleries and a Victorian Kitchen with a working Range. The York and Lancaster Regimental Museum and Rotherham’s Archives and Local Studies Service are also on site.

We also manage other heritage sites across the borough of Rotherham which includes Boston Castle. Boston Castle is an 19th Century hunting lodge, built for the Earl of Effingham in 1775. The Castle was refurbished in 2012 and is now a small visitor attraction which is set within Boston Park, with views of surrounding Rotherham and Sheffield.

Rotherham Heritage Service is looking for a team of enthusiastic and committed volunteers to assist with looking after our collections and helping with exhibition production.

Role Description: Volunteer Collections Assistant

This volunteer role will assist and support the Collections Team to audit the collections and update the Collections Management Database, and also help to research and put together displays.

Person Specification:

We are looking for the following qualities:

  • Friendly and approachable volunteers with good communications skills
  • Able to commit on a regular basis with good time-keeping skills
  • Attention to detail and good observational skills
  • An interest in/or knowledge of history or heritage qualification
  • Volunteers that are happy to work independently or as part of a team
  • Ability to use a range of computer applications

Key Duties

  1. To assist and support the Collections Team in handling objects/ boxes of objects to check their condition and location.
  2. To assist the Collections Team to pack objects safely and securely.
  3. To update records on the Collections Management Database with training and supervision from Collections Team.
  4. To assist the Collections Team to research local history topics and exhibition information.
  5. To assist the Collections Team to prepare and install exhibitions.
  6. To follow the health and safety risk assessments for all activities, and to ensure the appropriate use of handling collections and equipment and resources.

The above list can be amended and we encourage volunteers to discuss areas in which they wish to progress personally with the Collections Officer to enable the best experience for both volunteer and Heritage Services.


We value all our volunteers and encourage the development of new skills and experience. In house training will be provided on a regular basis to help volunteers develop or enhance their skills. Collections staff will be available at all times to provide support and advice. All personal protective equipment will be supplied and health and safety training given where appropriate.

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