National Museums Scotland has approximately 350 volunteers making a valuable contribution to our work. Volunteers help in many of our departments and play an important role, increasing our visitors' enjoyment and understanding of our collections.

About volunteering with National Museums Scotland

Our main volunteering opportunities can be split into four main groups: administration, collections, public programmes and events. 


Would you love to volunteer but don’t have the time to make a regular commitment? We run an exciting programme of ‘one-off’ events at our museums, for which we need volunteers to help. No experience is necessary just lots of enthusiasm and a 'hands on' approach.


There are many departments where assisting with administrative and clerical tasks are of enormous value. This may include helping staff with computer or data entry, or office tasks such as filing or envelope stuffing for mail-outs.


Within collections you will mostly be behind the scenes helping us with essential support work - from sorting and labelling specimens of materials, cataloguing or archiving collections to re-housing or packing items to literature research, depending on your own skills and experiences.

Public programmes

Within this area there may be opportunities as a volunteer guide, assisting with visitor surveys, helping with workshops and activities for all age groups.

What's in it for you?

  • Opportunities to develop valuable skills and experiences within the museum sector.
  • Enjoyment in doing something you like while meeting new, like-minded people.
  • Involvement with helping to support the work of National Museums Scotland.
  • Voluntary work experience which can be an invaluable addition to your CV.

Current opportunities

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We currently have the latest event volunteering opportunities:

Event Volunteer

Location: National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Opportunity: To assist the Learning Team with a weekend of craft activities for adults. Funded by Craft Scotland, six makers will showcase their work over two weekends at the National Museum of Scotland.

When required: You can apply to volunteer for any of the dates advertised, depending on the time you have available. Click on the ‘role description’ for full details of the opportunity, and to apply send the ‘application form’ to the name and address given at the end of the form.

Textile & Ceramics focus
Sat 22, Sun 23 Nov

Programme includes displays, demonstrations, talks and workshops.

Jewellery focus
Sat 29, Sun 30 Nov

Programme includes displays, demonstrations, talks and workshops.

Applications must be returned by Thursday 30 October 2014.


Meet Your Maker: Role Description

Meet Your Maker: Application Form

Contact us

Deborah Wilson
Volunteers Co-ordinator
Tel: 0131 247 4433