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Museum struggles for volunteers

Posted at 12:11pm Monday 16 Nov, 2020

Volunteers Joan Triggs, left, and Helen Langdon at the museum reception.
Volunteers Joan Triggs, left, and Helen Langdon at the museum reception.

The Warkworth District Museum is in danger of having to reduce its opening hours if it can't find more people to help staff its reception area.

Apart from a part-time manager, the museum relies entirely on dedicated volunteers to fundraise and manage its collection.

However, it is the reception area that currently has the greatest need for more recruits, especially on weekends.

Section head Joan Triggs says the museum normally opens seven days a week, from 10am to 4pm.

“We have two shifts to cover these hours – 10am to 1pm and 1pm to 4pm,” Joan says. “And we always like to have two people on together if possible.

“The job involves minding the shop and admitting people to the museum, and full training is provided.

“It isn't onerous. In fact, you get to meet people from all walks of life, make new friends and know that you are helping to run a marvellous community asset.”

People are free to choose the days they volunteer and Joan says some people come in weekly, fortnightly or monthly, while others make themselves available to fill in when the need arises.

“Two friends might like to volunteer to do a shift together and it would be really great to attract some younger people.”

Anyone who would like to know more should contact museum manager Victoria Joule: warkworthmuseum@xtra.co.nz or 425 7093.

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