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. 

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.

Administration

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.

Collections

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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Kitchen garden

Volunteer gardener

We are currently looking for a volunteer gardener to assist at the National Museum of Rural Life.

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Flight Engine

Volunteer engineer

We are currently looking for a volunteer engineer to assist at the National Museum of Flight.

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Primary school workshop

School bookings volunteer

We are currently looking for a volunteer to assist with school bookings at the National Museum of Scotland.

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Viking school

Event volunteers

We are currently looking for volunteers to assist at schools events at the National Museum of Scotland.

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Fan in European Styles gallery

Development volunteer

We are currently looking for a volunteer to support the work of our Development team.

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Contact us

Deborah Wilson
Volunteers Co-ordinator
Tel: 0131 247 4433
Email: d.wilson@nms.ac.uk