Volunteer With Us


At Shaw House and the West Berkshire Museum we welcome people who want to get involved through volunteering. We encourage volunteers of all ages and background. No previous experience is necessary.

Shaw House

We have a variety of opportunities throughout the year including gardening, working in our cafe and helping out with events in the house and gardens. Just email shawhouse@westberks.gov.uk and we can arrange for you to have a chat with staff about opportunities and meet other volunteers.

West Berkshire Museum

We have a great team of enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers who are vital to the running of the museum. They work alongside the professional staff in areas of the museum from the front desk to the collections store and learning service. To find out more about volunteering with the Museum, please email us at museum@westberks.gov.uk.

We have the following opportunities available;

Family Activities Assistant, assisting the Learning & Participation Officer with the development and delivery of the museum’s family activities in school holidays. FIND OUT MORE

Under 5s Learning Assistant, assisting the Learning & Participation Officer with the research, development and delivery of the museum’s under 5s sessions called “Blaze’s Buddies”. FIND OUT MORE 

Visitor Assistant, making our visitors feel welcome and helping their visit run as smoothly as possible. FIND OUT MORE

To apply please complete an application form and return to the Curator, West Berkshire Museum, The Wharf, Newbury RG14 5AS or by email: museum@westberks.gov.uk


Find out what its like to volunteer at the museum

WBC Staff images and general shots of Shaw House and Museum for new Website.

Meg Thomas

I am a retired GP, originally from Stockport.

Why do you volunteer? 
I wanted to do something useful in retirement as well as having a change from my previous line of work.

How did you get involved with the museum? 
My daughter studied the History of Art and did an internship for the museum, she suggested that I apply and I’m really glad that I did.

What’s your favourite thing about volunteering?  
I enjoy seeing the children learn things about our history and dealing with general enquiries.

What do you do away from the museum? 
I am interested in travel and learning Spanish.  I love real ale and rabbits! I am also a letter writer for Amnesty International and enjoy spending time with my family, cycling, swimming and yoga.