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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There's Treasure Everywhere event volunteers

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

We have an exciting programme of fun events at National Museums Scotland and we require volunteers to assist the workshop leaders in ensuring they run smoothly. No experience is necessary just enthusiasm and a ‘hands-on’ approach.

You can apply to volunteer for the event dates below, depending on your interests and the time you have available. Click on the ‘role description’ for full details of this opportunity, and to apply click on the ‘application form’.

Dates required: 13 - 15 September 2014

As part of Scottish Archaeology Month we need volunteers to assist the Learning and Programmes team with the delivery of archaeology themed family activities. You can find out more about the event here.

See the role description for full details. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 3 September.

Treasure Everywhere Role Description Treasure Everywhere Application Form

Schools evaluation volunteer

Learning and Programmes Department, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

National Museum of Scotland runs a popular schools programme for all ages from Nursery to Secondary. We aim to improve and update our schools programme and regularly ask teachers and pupils for their feedback. We are looking for a volunteer with database experience, and an interest in schools and education to assist with the analysis of feedback and the collation of the information which we will be gathering on a weekly basis.

When required: This is an on-going role but times are negotiable. On average two hours a week are approximately required during school term-time. This can be flexible, and could fit in with other volunteering, study or employment commitments.

Download a full description of the opportunity by clicking on the role descriptions below, and to apply fill out a downloadable application form and return it to the address given by Friday 12 September.

Volunteer Role Description Volunteer Application Form

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Contact us

Deborah Wilson
Volunteers Co-ordinator
Tel: 0131 247 4433