Volunteer for Allen Gallery and Curtis Museum - Alton

The Curtis Museum in Alton is home to one of the finest local history collections in Hampshire, exploring 100 million years of the region’s past.  Permanent exhibitions include a rare Roman enamel cup, ancient Saxon burials, hop picking and brewing, Cranford author Elizabeth Gaskell, the 1643 Battle of Alton - with a Civil War era helmet, breastplate and sword - and the notorious tale of Sweet Fanny Adams. 

The Allen Gallery is an intimate setting for one of the south’s most outstanding collections of ceramics. The gallery hosts an impressive and varied selection of pottery, porcelain and tiles dating from 1250 to the present day. 

As the very important first point of contact for visitors to the Curtis Museum & Allen Gallery, you will greet them at reception, gift shop and coffee shop with a friendly smile. You will also be museum guides, passing on info about the town and surrounding area, handling objects and bringing history alive for our visitors.

Help in keeping the Allen Gallery garden looking lovely would be appreciated if you have green fingers, including looking after the pots and baskets. Help at events by working behind the scenes, or being in the think of it, from music to talks, themed evenings to daytime activities – there are all sorts of possibilities.

The amount of hours you wish to commit to volunteering is entirely up to you. Some volunteers have weekly shifts, whilst others are fortnightly or do occasional slots to cover gaps in the rota.

The Curtis Museum is open 10AM -4PM (closed Mondays and Wednesdays). Volunteer shifts are 9.45am to 1.30 pm or 1.30pm to 5pm

The Allen Gallery is open 10.30AM – 3.30PM (closed Mondays and Wednesdays). Volunteer shifts are 10.15am-1.30pm and 1.30pm – 4pm.


No specific skills required, just a willingness to learn and be part of a community museum and gallery.


  • Accessibility
    Ground floor
  • Age restrictions
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 28/09/2017

End Date: 09/04/2021

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Availability Details

Landline 01420 82802.


Allen Gallery
Church Street
GU34 2BW

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