Volunteering at Queanbeyan Museum
Become part of an Award Winning team!
Tasks range from opening the Museum on weekends to assisting with gardening and exhibition development as well as working bees, writing grant applications, administration and historical research.
To work at the Museum you must be a member of the Society.
Contact us on: firstname.lastname@example.org
or download a Membership Form from the Membership Page.
Here is what some of our regular volunteers say:
Lee Davy: It has been a very rewarding volunteer experience at the Queanbeyan Museum to learn and develop valuable skills with a supportive and enthusiastic team, providing a unique and important community service!
Nancy Monk: I work at the Queanbeyan Historical Museum because I get to participate in discussion and have a say in what happens to the heritage items donated to our Museum; I am learning how to care for and display these important belongings; I meet with like-minded people and others with new or different ideas and experiences to learn from and I am helping to tell our history before its lost.
There is lots to do to run a Museum!
You don’t have to have experience in Museums; interest and enthusiasm is enough, we will provide training. Volunteers must become members of QDHMS.
Opening the Museum to the Public
- Opening the Museum is fun, you get to meet visitors from all over Australia and we do have regular international visitors. We can make sure you have an experienced person with you as you learn the ropes.
One of our regular weekend openers says: I enjoy keeping the Museum shipshape and looking good for the public and meeting our visitors and showing them around our great Museum, especially the Hospital displays, as I have a nursing background.
Assisting with School and Bus Groups
- You don’t have to know everything about the exhibits, in fact you will often learn from the visitors. You don’t have to be a public speaker or teacher; we usually have a leader for the groups.
John McGlynn says: It is a real buzz to see the interest the young people take in the objects in the Museum which they can link back to their Grandmothers and Grandfathers.
- It helps if you have an aptitude for research, a careful eye for detail, an interest in local history and are able to handle objects with great care.
- There are many, many tasks at the Museum including painting, building displays, documenting exhibits and restoring objects.
Assisting with our events, historical talks and excursions
- We need willing workers who can greet visitors, assist with catering, help with publicity put up banners, put out chairs and wrangle performers.
Kerrie Ruth says: It is really enjoyable and satisfying to organise successful and creative events.
Writing Articles, Historical Interpretation and Publication Design
- Your local stories could be published in our Journal Quinbean. Specialised knowledge could illuminate our exhibits. General writing and layout skills are useful in Museum Monographs, publicity and interpretive material.