We have many wonderful volunteers who add hugely to the enjoyment of our visitors through a variety of means.

We encourage and welcome volunteers of all ages and from all backgrounds.  We can make effective use of almost any skill, experience, talent or time a volunteer can offer.

We host an open-morning for Volunteers and enquirers on the second Wednesday of each month between, 10.30am and 12.30pm, from March to December – known as the ‘Chocolate Biscuit Club’.  This is an opportunity for Volunteers, old and new, to gather together. It’s a chance to meet other like-minded individuals, learn more about current volunteering roles, plus the opportunity to receive updates or training and to gather working parties together for various projects or tasks.

Chocolate Biscuit Club : 10.30am – 12.30pm on the forthcoming dates:

March 11th 2015 April 8th 2015
May 13th 2015 June 10th 2015
July 8th 2015 August 12th 2015
September 9th 2015 October 14th 2015
November 11th 2015 December 9th 2015


We Love our Volunteers Open Day
On Thursday 12th Febuary we celebrate our volunteers with a special event. We open the Museum exclusively for volunteers – with a special lunch to thank our existing volunteers and to welcome new volunteers to join us. Find out more about last years event which was on Thursday, 13th February 2014.


Volunteers roles:

 rose-wassailing Events:  There are a host of extra tasks to be undertaken to support our busy and varied Events Programme, from visitor greeting and orientation, assisting with car-parking, selling programmes or raffle tickets to assisting with refreshments or supporting our shop staff.

General Roles
Leaflet Distributor . Staff & Volunteer Support . Press Photographer . Road Sign DistributorsFundraising Ambassadors
Gilbert’s Games and Country Fair
Games Guides . Set-up Team
Mulled Wine Day
Backroom Volunteers . Servers & Runners
Open Air Production
Stewards & Refreshment Assistants
claybug2 Education Programme Support: We host a programme of formal curriculum linked education sessions and a steadily expanding lifelong learning programme plus many family learning activities.   Additional support with session development, production of materials, marketing, promotion and administration is always invaluable.

Education Technician .  Children’s Activities Assistants
Room Stewards, Greeters and Costumed Interpreters :  This is a great opportunity for those who love engaging with our visitors.  A friendly, approachable manner is essential and an interest in learning more about our museum and collections.

Costumed Interpreters . Greeter . Room Steward
 Gilbert White's study Administration: There are never quite enough hours in the day to complete all of the tasks on our ‘to do list’.  For those who are computer literate, well organised and methodical there are many opportunities to support our small and very busy team of staff.

Current Roles Include:
Wedding Viewing Guide . Marketing Assistant . Digital Media Assistant
Flower Arranging: Many of our visitors notice and appreciate our lovely flower arrangements, picked fresh from Gilbert’s garden each week.  We have a rota of dedicated flower arrangers who enjoy refreshing the arrangements, typically each Friday, and for various special events throughout the year.
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IMG_2175cropped Costume Making: Help us to create, mend and maintain our period costume collection. Costumes are worn on our special events days. We would also like to create a collection of period costumes for visitors to try on.
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Gardening: With thirty acres of garden and grounds to care for, our small part-time gardening team, led by Head Gardener, David Standing, receive invaluable support from our ‘Wakes Weeders’ – the band of dedicated garden volunteers who turn out in all seasons and weathers.  Regular days for volunteers are Mondays, Fridays or the first Sunday morning in the month.  Whether you are already a keen gardener or would simply enjoy the fresh air and exercise in a beautiful setting with good companions, you are very welcome.
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House Management: This lovely Grade 1 listed property needs an enormous amount of care and maintenance.  Whether you would like to assist with conservation cleaning, some essential decorating or general maintenance tasks, we are always grateful for any additional support we can muster.
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 plestor Museum & Collections Assistants: We have a fascinating and varied collection of artefacts, archives and books and there is an ongoing need to work on our documentation systems and conservation care of our collection.  Support in this area would generally suit those who prefer to work methodically and independently in a vital backroom role.

Library Assistant
Conservation Care & Cleaning
Environmental Monitoring


We invite all Volunteers to download the following documents and return them by post, or in person, to Miriam Tong, General Manager, Gilbert White’s House & The Oates Collections, Selborne, Alton, Hampshire GU34 3JH.

Volunteer Policy

Medical & Emergency Contact Form

Volunteer Agreement

Volunteer Registration Form