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The Boat Museum Society helps co-ordinate, train and support the work and activities of volunteers at the National Waterways Museum.  Volunteers play a vital role in supporting the work of a small team of museum staff in the preservation of historic boats, and the skills, knowledge, and way of life of the waterways.

Whatever your interest or ability we can offer the satisfaction of being part of a team of friends helping to preserve the reality of waterway history.  Whether you want to improve your CV, make friends, or just want to give something back, making the move to volunteer could be the best decision you ever make.

To get involved, you don’t need any previous knowledge of boats and waterways.  Our volunteers join us with a wide range of work and life experience.  All you need is some time to spare and a desire to put it to good use.

Museums offer fascinating, enjoyable and rewarding volunteering opportunities.   We have volunteer groups in most areas of NWM.  Click on the links below to find out more information about volunteering in that area.

  • supporting work in the archive;
  • helping with minor restoration projects of the historic boats;
  • taking care of and demonstrating boats around the museum basin and locks;
  • working with the Collections team;
  • supporting school visits to the museum;
  • helping in reception, shop or café;
  • giving guided tours of the museum;
  • helping with marketing and events;
  • bringing Porter’s Row historic cottages to life;
  • helping with site maintenance; and
  • helping on event days and during school holidays.

If you join us as a volunteer we can offer you the chance to:

  • help the museum continue it’s important role in heritage;
  • become part of an enthusiastic community;We love our volunteers
  • use your skills and knowledge in new and rewarding ways; and
  • hone existing skills or learn new ones.

All our museum volunteers can:

  • spend time in a unique and historic waterside setting;
  • learn about fascinating history and stories; and
  • work in a sociable and friendly environment.

If you have:

  • the ability to work as part of a team; and
  • a willingness to learn new skills and techniques.

Then you already have some of the vital skills and qualities needed to become a volunteer.

Whether you have a few hours a month or a few hours a day, we would love to hear from you.

For more information or to register interest please contact us.

We look forward to welcoming you to our team.

To find out more about the museum and collections visit National Waterways Museum

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