Volunteering with Museums & Galleries Edinburgh is a great way to gain new skills and experiences, learn about museum work, make new friends and provide a valuable contribution to our service.


Volunteer activity is enormously varied, reflecting the diverse skills and experience volunteers bring. Volunteering is vitally important to Museums & Galleries Edinburgh and we really value the enthusiasm and dedication of our volunteers.


There are currently over 60 volunteers engaged in a wide variety of roles across Museums & Galleries Edinburgh. Volunteer roles include collections documentation, visitor engagement, giving guided tours, helping at events, gardening, costumed historical interpretation and assisting with marketing and social media.

Current Volunteering Opportunities

Application Form: Volunteer Collections Assistant – Lauriston Castle

Volunteer Collections Assistant – Lauriston Castle

This is a fixed term role whose purpose is to assist the staff at Lauriston Castle to deliver and complete the annual spring clean of the castle rooms and their contents. This includes lifting and moving large and small objects and equipment, using cleaning equipment including vacuum cleaners, brushes and dusters, working in cold conditions and working with limited lighting due to the historic nature of the building.

The post holder will work alongside the Collections Care Officer, Curator and Castle Stewards on preventive and limited interventive conservation work including object cleaning. Training and on the job support and guidance will be provided.

Full job description available via the link above. 

Deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 22nd Janurary 2020. Completed application forms must be returned to gwen.thomas@edinburgh.gov.uk    

Volunteering enquiries

All of our volunteering roles are advertised here. We receive a high volume of enquiries regarding volunteering but will only recruit volunteers when a specific role is available.


To join our mailing list and receive notifications when new opportunities become available please complete a Volunteer Enquiry Form and send to museums.volunteering@edinburgh.gov.uk.


Unfortunately we do not have the capacity to take on Erasmus placements, work experience placements, volunteers under 18 or student placements that do not have set learning outcomes.

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