09th November

Volunteering – why and how


Museums and heritage bodies are relying on volunteers to an unprecedented extend, and nurturing a volunteer’s skills and harnessing their enthusiasm and goodwill is becoming increasingly essential for a museum’s continued success.

This thought provoking workshop will explore why organisations use volunteers, and how to recruit, train and retain them in what is an increasingly competitive sector. Book to hear Alison Gimingham, Volunteering and Participation consultant speaking about her inspiring volunteering project with the National Trust.

With a voluntary workforce of over 65,000 people in more than 500 different roles, the National Trust has an unrivalled experience of attracting volunteers and providing them with enjoyable and satisfying opportunities.

The Trust have recently looked at how they manage volunteers, and many of the lessons and ideas that emerged from a major HLF-funded project will benefit any type or size of heritage organisation – from a small voluntary museum to a major public service.

Alison Gimingham, Volunteering and Participation Consultant for the National Trust in the East Midlands, will share some valuable information, thought-provoking ideas and practical advice about how you could:

  • Involve, support and manage volunteers

  • Recruit volunteers, effectively and inclusively

  • Support and develop the people who manage volunteers

  • Use some free resources to help improve volunteering at your museum

Our second speaker will be Carolyn Holmes, Development Manager at Bradgate Park Trust, sharing her expertise and experience with managing volunteers.

Finally Jarina Choudhury, from NCVO, will also be giving a different perspective on volunteering from outside of the heritage sector

This event is FREE to staff and volunteers working at museums that are current members of EMMS, and to current individual members.

Places are limited so please book soon to avoid disappointment!

This event precedes the Regional Heritage Awards, details of how to book at the awards are available here:


In 2016, 93% of delegates at EMMS Events rated the use and relevance of the presentations as ‘very good’ or ‘good’, 95% said the interest level was ‘very good’ or ‘good’, and 98% thought they would be ‘very’ or ‘quite’ likely to recommend a similar event to a colleague. Don’t miss your chance to get some high-quality information, inspiration and interaction – all for FREE!

The event will be held at the Erasmus Darwin Building, Room 171. Please follow this link for the Clifton Campus map: http://www4.ntu.ac.uk/about_ntu/document_uploads/189250.pdf