Museum Volunteer - Community Outreach Service

Carisbrooke Castle Museum is a museum of Isle of Wight history run by an independent charitable trust and set within the English Heritage managed castle. It was founded in 1898 by Princess Beatrice, Queen Victoria’s youngest daughter, as a memorial to her husband Prince Henry of Battenberg. Beatrice said: “It is my earnest hope and desire, with the help and co-operation of others, I may be able to form a full collection of objects of historical interest connected with the Island”.

The museum collections still reflect Beatrice’s wish and the mission of the museum is to collect and record the history of the people of the Isle of Wight and make it accessible to all. The collection, acquired over the last 120 years and now totalling over 34,000 objects, includes applied art, fine art, photography, social history, science and technology, archaeology and archives, and covers local history topics from prehistory to the present day.

In 2017 volunteers at the museum were awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK, celebrating the work done by these groups in their own communities.

Carisbrooke Castle Museum is keen to recruit new volunteers to join its Outreach team who share the museum collections with a broad range of audiences and the local community through its outreach service. Volunteers take boxes of 20th century museum objects to care homes and other groups. The objects can all be handled and have been chosen to spark memories and stimulate conversation. The participants enjoy the opportunity to tell stories from their past lives and the volunteers enjoy learning from them.

Volunteering can offer a great opportunity to learn new skills and meet new people, doing something worthwhile in your spare time with just a few hours making a big difference to the museum and its work.

No experience is necessary and full training is provided.


- Able to communicate verbally with older people from a wide variety of backgrounds

- An interest in engaging older people, encouraging conversation and reminiscence

- An interest in history (no prior knowledge necessary)

- Able to travel out into the community, including carrying object boxes


  • Diversity and equal opportunities policy
  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
  • Child Protection
  • Complaints Policy
  • Confidentially Policy
  • DBS check required
  • Ex Offenders
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Suitable for Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Suitable for Supported Volunteering
  • Suitable for Under 16's
  • Suitable for Under 18's
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Vulnerable Adults Policy
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 11/05/2020

End Date: 31/01/2023

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Afternoon Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Evening No No No No No No No

Availability Details

Outreach sessions are organised with care homes and can take place at different times depending on the needs of the homes and the availability of the volunteers.


Carisbrooke Castle Museum
Isle of Wight
PO30 1XY

Similar Opportunities

Before you can register your interest in this opportunity you must either login or register as a volunteer.

You will be returned to this page.



Register as a Volunteer