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Help bring the Abbey Quarter’s rich history to life!

Information / Advice volunteers needed for Reading Museum & Town Hall

With the Reading Abbey Ruins re-opening on 16 June, our tour guides will be vital in bringing the Abbey Quarter’s rich history to life for our visitors.

We are looking for people to share our enthusiasm for the site where King Henry I was buried, Jane Austen was taught and Oscar Wilde was imprisoned.

As part of the ‘Reading Abbey Revealed’ Heritage Lottery Fund and council funded project, Reading Museum is running a summer programme of Reading Abbey Quarter and Abbey Gateway outdoor guided tours for the public and additional tours for pre-booked groups.

We are looking for people to

  • Help visitors discover more by telling interesting facts, stories and anecdotes relevant to the Reading Abbey Quarter and its history
  • Learn about the rich history of Reading Abbey, how it was built, who lived there and visited the site and sharing this with our visitors
  • Adapt tours as necessary to meet the needs of different audiences, including any access and inclusion requirements they may have
  • Attend tour guide training and workshops
  • Promote other guided tours and encourage visitors to book tickets for these and other activities run by Reading Museum
  • Give any other appropriate assistance as may be reasonably requested
  • Become familiar with and follow the Reading Museum’s health and safety policy at all times


Contact person firstname
Nicolette Evans, Abbey Volunteer Co-ordinator
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
0118 937 3400
Contact instructions?
Email preferred
Location address line 1
Reading Abbey Ruins
Line 2
Abbey Street

Location description
Reading Abbey Quarter
Wheelchair accessible?
Car parking for the volunteer?
Secure bicycle parking?
Near public transport?
How much time?
A few hours a month
What times and days of the week?
Wed AMWed PMSat AMSat PM
Availability required
Any of these times
Additional timing details
These tours will run from 20 June up to September on Saturdays from 11am and on some Wednesdays.
Training will be provided during May and into June.
Task type?
Information / Advice
Will suit someone like this:
Prefers a specific roleHappy to work soloKeen learnerPublic speakerGood sense of humourSociableCommunicatorEnjoys working outside
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Is training given?
Training description
Induction and on the job training, practice tours
Is support given?
Description of support
From volunteer co-ordinator, museum staff and other volunteers
Are expenses paid?
Will I need my own transportation?
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Are references required?
Will there be an interview?
Are they properly insured?
Minimum age
Do they need a specific gender?
How many volunteers needed?
Opportunity added on
11 May 2018