Museum in Volunteer Recruitment Drive

The River & Rowing Museum is calling on university students to join its team of volunteers for a short-term yet exciting curatorial mission.

The opportunity is ideal for students specialising in museum or curatorial studies and who are seeking hands-on and active experience to support their education and career prospects.

During the temporary closure of the River & Rowing Museum, the curatorial team is hard at work cataloguing its entire collection and deinstalling a wide variety of artefacts for cleaning and maintenance.

The project is a vital part of the Museum’s work to safeguard its future as well as the lifetime of the items in its collection. Front-of-house staff at the Museum have also had new training in how to handle and move artefacts to assist with the project.

As the Museum ramps up its work, it is seeking a group of volunteers for a period of around four months to assist with the deinstallation and cleaning of items the collection. It is a unique opportunity to experience first-hand how curatorial teams undertake such work.

Those who are interested in joining the volunteer team can apply by sending an expression of why they are interested in joining the project, alongside their CV, to

Emma Staveley, Project Manager at the River & Rowing said: While the River & Rowing Museum may be closed to visitors at the moment, we have an immediate need for extra hands on deck. Our curatorial team is working hard to remove some of the items on display in order to give them a bit of TLC, so they will be looking their best when the Museum reopens in 2023. Given the nature of our project, we’re particularly keen to recruit students of Museum Studies or similar courses who are looking to gain hands-on experience of curation. It will be incredibly active, varied, and meticulous work, which we hope will be appealing to students in those areas.”