Volunteering with National Museums Scotland can be hugely rewarding. But don't take our word for it - here's what our current volunteers say about their time volunteering with us!
Emma Thomson - Volunteer, National Museum of Rural Life
I have been a volunteer at the National Museum of Rural Life since the spring of 2014 and really look forward to the time I am able to spend at the farm. I am particularly interested in the social history of the farm and the 1950s setting.
My training is as a graduate Historical Costumier so I was very excited when Shirley Maciver, the Manager at the National Museum of Rural Life, asked me last year if I would be interested in making a collection of 1950s children’s dressing up clothes for the Reid room at the farmhouse. A donation had been made to the museum for a project such as this and it was decided to use it to make some changes to the Reid room.
The costumes I created are now in use at the Reid room at the farmhouse for the children visitors to dress up. I enjoy it when I am there volunteering to see which costumes the children like and doing some maintenance on the clothes. I am very pleased that the Museum invited me to take on this project for them.
Above: Emma with the dressing up wardrobe she created.
Viktoria Urikova - Volunteer Gardener, National Museum of Flight
I have been a volunteer here since March 2016 and it gave me a chance to learn these gardening skills from zero, practice my English and make new friends. From a barren piece of ground and with the help of some lovely Spring weather, I have now managed to produce a few baskets of organic vegetables for the Aviator Café to use in their menus for their customers.
I dream of having my own garden in the future and perhaps the most satisfying thing for me is to see the results of my work. I planted some seeds and after a few weeks it is an amazing reward to see them grow, after so much watering and care.
Above: Viktoria in front of the garden she is currently working on.
Laura Delahunt, Event Volunteer
I have only been volunteering with the museum for a short time, but I feel that I have already made some interesting memories. As an Event Volunteer, I helped with adult craft activities at the recent Museum Late: Celts, plus other stewarding and ticketing at the National Museum of Scotland and National Museum of Rural Life.
I naturally enjoy speaking to lots of different people and I find it rewarding to make the experience of visitors as enjoyable as possible. The activities have been very interesting and, as I have background in fine art, I love having the opportunity to engage others in making crafts. I would recommend it to anyone as it is a lot of fun to get involved with the museum and everyone is really lovely to work with and very professional.
Above: A group of event volunteers at the recent Museum Late: Celts.