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

Technical Demonstrator Volunteer – 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.

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 Sue Hetherington at manager@museumofcarpet.org.uk

Technical Demonstrator Volunteer Role

Power Loom Weaver

Technical Demonstrator Volunteer – Power Loom Weaver

The Museum of Carpet is looking for experience 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 Sue Hetherington at manager@museumofcarpet.org.uk

Front of House Volunteer Role

Front of House Volunteer

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 Saturday, 10am – 1.30pm.
  • 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 Sue Hetherington manager@museumofcarpet.org.uk