Event Details

Museums have a moral obligation to support the communities in which they are positioned. We can do this by providing voluntary opportunities, but how many of us feel confident enough to support individuals with additional needs in our workplace? This event brings together museums, nationally and regionally, as well as local charities and support groups, to discuss good practice in supporting all our volunteers.

This event is suitable to all those who work with teams of volunteers in museums, including paid members of staff and volunteers. 

Refreshments will be provided but please bring your own lunch. Please note the museum does not open until 10am and you will not be able to enter the building until then. 


10.10 Arrival and refreshments

10.25 Welcome and Introductions

10.30 Niki Hughes – Buddy Role – UCM

 11.00 Gemma O’connell – Volunteering for the Soul. Rippon Museums

 11.30 Vanessa Theed – Moving from Work Experience to Volunteering for young people with Special Educational Needs. Natural History Museum

 12.00 Romsey Mill – from Students to Volunteers

 12.30 Lunch

 13:30 Introduction to Autism, three talks by Claire Walsh (Natural History Museum), Cas Saunders (North Herts Museum) and Claire Madge (Autism in Museums). Will cover what autism is, top tips and practices in Museums.

 15.00 Discussion

 15.20 End.


Please see our FAQs for any questions relating to our training programme  

Terms & Conditions:

For full details of our programmes conditions, see our Terms & Conditions on our website 

By booking a place on to SHARE Museums East Training Programme, you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions:

    • That you are from an East of England museum which is in Arts Council England’s Museum Accreditation Scheme. Where this is not applicable you acknowledge that SHARE will facilitate your attendance if availability permits and that your organisation will pay any fees which may apply.

    • It is a condition of receiving this ACE funded training that the online evaluation sent to the email address provided at the point of booking is completed by the specified deadline. This deadline is in the email notification unless a paper evaluation is specifically requested and submitted on the day of the training session.

    • By booking a place you agree that you are booking as a representative of your organisation and should you cancel your booking without sufficient notice your organisation is responsible for paying the late cancellation fee of £50. 

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