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Volunteers are the backbone of our organisation - an essential element without whom we could not survive. With well over 100 existing volunteers there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.


  • Our museums are very popular, as inspirational and vibrant places that draw thousands of visitors.

  • For those interested in research and historic documents, our search rooms in the Devon and Somerset Heritage Centres are supported by vast quantities of materials - documents, maps and photographs.

  • Events and public activities are a great way to get involved and meet new people.

  • There are regular archaeological digs and training that rely on people.


Current opportunities


Somerset Rural Life Museum

The Somerset Rural Life Museum re-opened on 3 June after a £2.4 million redevelopment. The Museum will, once again, tell the story of Somerset’s rich rural and social history, through a diverse range of fascinating exhibits and the interpretation of the stunning buildings and outside spaces.


To complement the wonderful surroundings, we are now looking for volunteers who will help us deliver a first-class visitor experience.


We are looking for people with a passion for Somerset and a fascination for its history, as well as a natural ability to provide the very best face-to-face customer care.


Duties will include: welcoming visitors, stewarding specific areas of the Museum, leading guided tours, answering queries and helping to keep the Museum looking its best, at all times.


If you think you have what it takes to help us deliver an unrivalled visitor experience and can commit to a minimum of two half-days per month, then we’d really like to talk to you.


For further information & to apply


Email Robin Savill, Visitor Services Manager, at, or call 01458 836564 for an informal chat


Complete the application form.

Get in touch and apply

For more information about new opportunities, contact the Business Team on 01823 347414 or


To apply as a volunteer with the South West Heritage Trust, please complete and return the form below.

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