Volunteering at Gilbert White & The Oates Collections

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections is a wonderful place to volunteer, and we are a happy hardworking team. 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.

If you'd like to join our team of 150+ volunteers then just fill in this Volunteer Registration Form  and send to volunteerteam@gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk

Volunteers roles

Garden: Join the Wakes Weeders! We have a wonderful garden team of volunteers and are looking to grow our ranks. There is plenty to do for all levels of ability, interests and time commitments. 


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 include: Leaflet DistributorEvent VolunteerRoad Sign DistributorsFundraising Ambassadors

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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. 

General Roles include: Education TechnicianChildren’s Activities Assistants

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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.

General Roles include: Costumed InterpretersGreeterRoom Steward

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.

General Roles Include: Wedding Viewing GuideMarketing AssistantDigital 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.

General Roles Include: Flower Arranger

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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.

General Roles Include: Costume Maker

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