Volunteer opportunities

Please note that we are currently recruiting for volunteers with experience in museum documentation, archival or special collections cataloguing. If you have skills in these areas, we’d love to hear from you so please get in touch.

There are many ways you can volunteer at The New Forest Heritage Centre. You can:

  • Join our new Visitor Enquiry volunteer team, supporting the Front of House staff during our busiest seasons, helping with general enquiries about the New Forest, as well as specific enquiries about the Heritage Centre and its activities.
  • Join our team of Collections volunteers who undertake cataloguing and research tasks.  We also have a team of volunteer Library stewards who assist the public with their enquiries.
  • Join our team of Museum steward volunteers who facilitate visits within the Museum, helping people to make the most of their time and answer any questions they may have. These Museum stewards also support the Education team when running events within the Museum during the day.
  • Join our team of Events volunteers who help the Education and Fundraising teams to run daytime and evening events and support the fundraising work needed to keep the Museum going.
  • Support the Fundraising team to continue to develop the Friends membership group to raise funds for the Museum and help with events.

Full training is provided for all the roles.

If volunteering at the New Forest Heritage Centre appeals to you, please fill in the expression of interest form below or contact the volunteer coordinator on 023 8028 6156 or email office@newforestheritage.org.uk.

    Your Details

    Experience and interests

    Availability for visit

    Please tick any relevant morning or afternoon boxes when you may be available to visit the Centre. This is only a rough indication of availability. The volunteer coordinator will then be back in touch to finalise a date and time.

    Availability *

    Privacy Notice – Volunteer Expression of Interest

    About the New Forest Heritage Centre:
    The New Forest Heritage Centre is a museum, reference library and art gallery conveniently located in Lyndhurst. The New Forest Heritage Centre aims to inspire its visitors to celebrate and conserve the New Forest. It does this by collecting, conserving and interpreting its collections and by providing educational activities and information to a broad range of audiences. In doing so, it acts in ways that are ethical, ecologically sensitive and intellectually accessible and affordable. It is owned and run by the New Forest Heritage Trust (reg. charity no: 1186656).

    What data we collect:
    Name, email, postal address, telephone number.

    Why we collect your data and how we use it:
    To enable New Forest Heritage Centre to communicate with you about your volunteering role, about events where help is required and general information about the New Forest Heritage Centre, including a newsletter.

    How we collect your data:
    Requested on expression of interest form.

    How long we keep your data:
    While the volunteer is actively part of the volunteer team.

    How you can control the data we keep:
    You can request we remove your data from our records at any time by contacting office@newforestheritage.org.uk or speaking to the Volunteer co-ordinator.

    Do we share your data?
    We do not share your data with third parties outside the New Forest Heritage Centre unless you give us your permission to do so. Our email lists are held securely on a third party mailing server which adheres to GDPR legislation and are only available to New Forest Heritage Centre staff in accordance with your communication choices.

    How you can make a complaint about how we use your data:
    If you have any problems with how we use your data, please contact us. Alternatively you can find more information about data protection regulations and how to make a formal complaint from the Information Commissioners Office at ico.org.uk

    For further information, please read our Privacy Statement.

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