Volunteer

We Need new volunteers!

Please scroll down to find out more about the roles for which we are recruiting.

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 We rely on our volunteers to keep us going and we are blessed with some of the best!

Volunteering at the Museum of Carpet is a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and become part of a friendly and welcoming community. There are many ways that you can offer to help at the museum. These include:

  • working on our reception desk and till area
  • greeting visitors in the galleries
  • valuable administrative work to keep our service running smoothly
  •  performing live demonstrations
  • helping with workshops for the young and young at heart
  • learning carpet-related crafts such as weaving and rag rugging to create items sold in our gift shop.

We welcome people with and without carpet industry knowledge and all of our volunteers have developed a keen interest in the history of Kidderminster.  It is infectious! Find out for yourselves how rewarding it can be, come along and join us.

To find out more, please do contact us

If you know you want to volunteer, then please download, complete and send us your Volunteer Application Form

Technical Demonstrator Volunteer Role – Hand Loom Weaver

The Museum of Carpet is looking for creative people who would like to learn to weave Kidderminster cloth on our 19th century hand looms and speak with visitors about weaving.

Cloth has been woven in Kidderminster since the 1200s.  We keep alive the tradition of weaving cloth suitable for floor coverings and enjoy sharing our skills and knowledge with our visitors.

No prior experience of weaving is necessary for this role, but a willingness to engage with visitors is essential.

Suitable candidates should be:

  • Available one morning a week for training
  • A creative person with an interest in art and textiles
  • Friendly and personable character who is happy to talk to visitors
  • Able to work in a team contributing to weaving that will be worked on by a number of weavers.

For more information please call 01562 69028 or email learning@museumofcarpet.org.uk

To apply, please complete the volunteer application form and return it to bookings@museumofcarpet.org.uk

Technical Demonstrator Volunteer Role – Power Loom Weaver

The Museum of Carpet is looking for experienced power loom weavers who would like to demonstrate their skills to Museum visitors. 

We are proud to keep the tradition of weaving carpet alive in the town of Kidderminster.  Our Spool Axminster and Jacquard Wilton Looms are run at midday for around 3 minutes.  The looms are the centre piece of the Museum galleries and create a buzz in the building whenever they come to life.  Without out team of volunteer weavers this would not be possible.

Suitable candidates should be:

  • Available one morning a week for one hour from 11.30am.
  • A fully trained weaver or tuner.
  • Friendly and personable character who is happy to talk to visitors.
  • Able to work in a team contributing to weaving that will be worked on by a number of weavers.

For more information please call 01562 69028 or email learning@museumofcarpet.org.uk

To apply please complete the volunteer application form and return it to bookings@museumofcarpet.org.uk

Front of House Volunteer Role

The Museum of Carpet is looking for outgoing, friendly people who would enjoy meeting and greeting visitors to the Museum.

No experience is necessary for this role.

Suitable candidates should be:

  • Available Thursday or Saturday 10 am – 1.30 pm.
  • A friendly, welcoming character who enjoys meeting people and is happy talking to visitors.
  • Able to work in a team, providing excellent visitor experience.
  • Happy to answer the telephone and deal with enquiries.
  • Willing to keep the shop and reception area clean and tidy.

For more information please call 01562 69028 or email enquiries@museumofcarpet.org.uk

To apply please complete the volunteer application form and return it to bookings@museumofcarpet.org.uk

Volunteer Trustee

Can you help influence the future of the Museum of Carpet?

The Carpet Museum Trust which runs Kidderminster’s famous Museum of Carpet is looking for volunteers to join the Board of Trustees.  Board members work together to provide oversight, set strategic direction, and ensure good governance of the charity.

The Trust is looking for 2 or 3 people to join the established board.  They want to hear from people who have experience in business or commerce, heritage or museums, the carpet trade or who have experience in social media and engaging with customers online.

Vicky Bagnall, Chair of the Board, said “trustee positions are great opportunities for people to get involved in influencing the future of the museum. The positions are voluntary, but trustees develop skills, meet new contacts, and make a significant contribution to the success of the museum”.

If you are interested please get in touch at enquiries@museumofcarpet.org.uk.