Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Museum – without the time given to us by our volunteers we would simply be unable to exist.

Special request

We are looking for animal lovers who have experience working with cattle and pigs to join our growing team of volunteers. This is an exciting opportunity to work with traditional and rare breed farm animals, which we are reintroducing to the Museum’s growing collection. If you can offer regular hours we would love to hear from you!

saddleback pig

Pair of working Sussex oxen at the Weald & Downland Living Museum






There are many opportunities to get involved here at the Museum and you can find a full list of volunteer roles below.

If you think you’d like to join our team, please click the button below to see our volunteer opportunities and to access an online application form.





Anyone can apply to volunteer at Museum and volunteers include students, retirees and anyone with free time. There are lots of volunteering opportunities at the Museum, including:

  • Stewarding houses or giving guided tours
  • Milling, blacksmithing, gardening, tudor cookery, gardening and other crafts
  • Working in the shop and cafe
  • Working at the stables or with the oxen and pigs
  • Supporting schools visits and helping on event days
  • Office administration – letter stuffing and data entry
  • Tuesday and Thursday Gangs – hands-on carpentry and basic building conservation or site maintenance


We provide training and support to learn new skills, plus:

  • Free entry with a guest to the Museum during public opening times
  • 20% discount in the Museum’s shop and café
  • 10% discount on courses plus savings on evening talks
  • Copies of the Museum’s Magazine and a monthly newsletter
  • An annual thank you party


You can contact the Volunteers team by emailing [email protected] or call 01243 811015.

Once we have received your enquiry we will arrange a time to have an informal chat here at the Museum. At this chat we can discuss your skills and how you’d like to help, before filling out the application forms. We will then carry out any necessary background checks for the role and contact you to arrange your start date and induction.