Volunteer Open Afternoon
We love working with volunteers! Over the years so many people have contributed to making Selly Manor Museum the success it is, and without them it just wouldn't be the same. We are lucky to have two beautiful buildings and a fabulous collection at the museum, but this is all brought to life by the people that work and volunteer here. People bring valuable skills and experience that ensure our visitors have a good time when they come to the museum.
We've had some fantastic examples of volunteering at Selly Manor Museum. One of our regular team members Gill is a brilliant seamstress. Gill regular repairs and adjusts all the costumes at the manor which bring so much enjoyment to those that try them on. You can image how much wear and tear they get from 20,000 visitors a year! Gill also loves working with children when they come along to our popular craft activity sessions in the school holidays, whether it's making a paper crown or fashioning wizard wands. At our ‘Unicorn Party’ event last year Gill was relentless in organising and delivering craft activities for nearly 500 people – all in a single day. With hardly any time to stop, Gill was able to make sure everything ran smoothly from welcoming visitors, explaining what they could do and getting everything tidy again for the next wave of people. We don't know what we'd do without her and in 2019 Gill was a finalist at the West Midlands Museum Volunteer Awards.
Belinda volunteers at Selly Manor Museum on a regular basis. She is a natural at welcoming visitors at the ticket desk and giving them an overview all about the history of the manor. At events she can often be found serving refreshments, cutting and sticking with the kids and making sure everyone is having a lovely time. Hollie has been a regular contributor at Selly Manor Museum - her drama skills have been invaluable as she has created magical experiences at a number of our events including being Little Red Riding Hood, a friendly witch at our Halloween disco and even a mermaid storyteller!
In recent years we have worked closely with the University of Birmingham to offer placements to students. We have had some very talented young people gain valuable experience at the museum through their work. Branwen was involved in cataloguing the Sir Adrian Cadbury Archive which contains papers relating to the Cadbury family and even got to meet their descendants. Emily and Bethany both joined our education team and learnt how to conduct guided tours and activities for visiting school groups - quite an achievement when you're faced with entertaining 30 nine year olds for 4 hours! Emily was later named as Student of the Year for her placement by the university. Jen researched and planned a Murder Mystery Event that we will be staging at the museum later in the year, and wrote an online exhibition called Captured Through Time, all about the images of Selly Manor through the ages.
If you would like to get involved and join the Selly Manor team then we are seeking volunteers - especially those that would like to help out during our packed events programme and during our summer weekend opening hours. There is more information on the volunteering page of our website. We would also like to welcome you to our upcoming Volunteer Open Afternoon on Friday 13th March 2020, from 3pm - 6pm, where you can meet staff and discuss volunteer opportunities as well as have a complimentary visit to the museum. Just come along on the day and we look forward to meeting you.