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Volunteers planting up the chimney base outside the museum.


Volunteering is an excellent way to learn new skills and meet new people whether you are interested in getting into a career in museums, or would just like to help out. Volunteers will gain wide experience of museum work whilst helping out with many of the activities. 

Current Vacancies

Museum Guide Volunteers

Foxton Canal Museum is looking for Museum Guide Volunteers to help our visitors enjoy and engage with the Museum and its stories.

About this role

This opportunity would suit a person looking to gain experience and help develop their career within the museum and heritage sector. It will also suit a retired person looking for a new interest and wanting to meet new people.


Key responsibilities:

  • Providing a warm, friendly and informal welcome to visitors

  • Engaging visitors in the displays and stories the Museum tells

  • Supporting visitors in getting the most from their visit by answering visitor queries and providing high-quality customer service



  • Volunteers are welcome to offer as much or as little of their time as they can give, but we do encourage individuals to commit to regular shifts.



  • Training will be provided prior to starting



  • Driving license

  • References needed

  • Over 18+ years old

  • Interested in / a willingness to learn about museums, heritage and local history

  • Friendly, engaging, and approachable

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills

Front of House Volunteers

Foxton Canal Museum is looking for enthusiastic front of house volunteers to welcome our visitors to the site. The main duties are greeting people at the desk and helping in the shop, other roles are available from time to time including administration, helping with events, talks and collection care.

Social Media Volunteer

We are also looking for a volunteer who has some experience of social media, either through education, work or volunteering.  You will need to be familiar with using social media and online tools to generate interest in Foxton Inclined Plane Trust and the Museum.  Hours can be to suit, but ideally on a weekly basis.


We also have gardening roles throughout the year to clear the museum grounds. 

If you think you would like to volunteer for us please contact:

0116  2792 657 or email or drop into the museum to find out more about volunteering at anytime. You can choose hours to suit you.

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