Museum of Oxford seeks volunteers

Find out more about volunteering at Museum of Oxford

The team behind the Museum of Oxford are hosting two free information sessions for members for the public to learn how they can get involved in volunteering.

The sessions, taking place on Monday 5 February, and Tuesday 6 February invites those interested in volunteering to attend two free information talks:

  • Find out more about volunteering: Monday 5 February, 10.30am-12.30pm, at the Heritage Learning Centre
  • Young Innovators open meeting: Tuesday 6 February, 6.00pm-7.30pm, at the Old Museum

The sessions will explore how the public can get involved in volunteering and will feature talks from staff and volunteers, as well as a tour and a chance to ask questions.

The Young Innovators open meeting invites 16-25 year olds who are interested in using their skills to assist in the planning projects and events at the Museum of Oxford. Previously the group have planned live music nights, Halloween evenings, and a family-friendly event examining archaeological finds during the redevelopment of the Westgate shopping centre.

Earlier this month Museum of Oxford introduced Volunteer Makers, a flexible volunteering scheme introducing a new way to volunteer digitally.

In September 2017, the Museum of Oxford as a part of the City Council’s Community Services team received the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard accreditation. The accreditation recognises the team as having best practice of recruiting, training and supporting volunteers.

Up and coming events in Oxford

Events in Oxford leading up to Christmas

  • Thursday 7 to Sunday 17 December. Oxford Christmas Market, Broad Street, 10 am to 7 or 8 pm. Annual Christmas Market with a variety of traders, offering Christmas gifts and seasonal food and drink, a carousel and choirs singing.
  • Thursday 7 to  Wednesday 20 December, Chanukah Menorah, Broad Street. Lighting of the Menorah at 5 pm every day to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Chanukah – Festival of Lights.
  • Wednesday 13 DecemberCarol Singing by KEEN Oxford, Bonn Square, 5 pm to 6 pm. To support the Oxford charity that offers recreational and sporting activities for people with special needs.
  • Friday 15 DecemberRecycling Promotions Stall, Bonn Square, 11 am to 3 pm. Free promotional material for the public such as recycled items and leaflets, with a focus on Christmas recycling.
  • Saturday 16 DecemberNo One Should Have No One, Bonn Square, 10 am to 4 pm. Age UK are raising awareness of loneliness over the Christmas period.
  • Saturday 16 DecemberMaggie’s Busking, The Covered Market, 2 pm to 4 pm. Singers and musicians coming together to sing Christmas carols and collect donations for the local cancer charity Maggie’s.
  • Monday 18, Friday 22 and Saturday 23 DecemberCarol Singing by Betel UK, Bonn Square, 10 am to 5 pm. Victorian Carol Singing to raise funds for Betel UK.
  • Wednesday 20 DecemberRecycling Promotions Stall, Bury Knowle Park, 11 am to 3 pm. Free promotional material for the public such as recycled items and leaflets, with a focus on Christmas recycling.
  • Wednesday 20 December, NHS Blood Donor Recruitment, Bonn Square, 9.30 am to 4 pm. Opportunity to register as a blood donor.

Up and coming events in Oxford

  • Thursday 23 November. Oxford International Links Mulled Wine Stall, Bonn Square, 4 pm to 9.30 pm. Celebrating the festive season and raising funds to maintain the links with Oxford’s twin cities.
  • Saturday 25 November. Oxford University vs Cambridge University IIs-IVs Varsity Match, Shotover Country Park, 12.30 pm to 4 pm. Five cross country races with approximately 150 competitors. This is the Oxford University vs Cambridge University Varsity race for the second to fourth teams.
  • Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December. Oxford Art and Craft Market, Broad Street, 9 am to 5.30 pm (Sat) and 10 am to 4.30 pm (Sun). The annual Art Market is a partnership event between Boffy Arts Market and Oxford City Council and features approximately 30 traditional market stalls. All of the work sold is handmade and selected for quality and all stalls are run by the artists or makers of the goods.
  • Thursday 7 to Sunday 17 December. Oxford Christmas Market, Broad Street, 10 am to 7 or 8 pm. Annual Christmas Market with a variety of traders, offering Christmas gifts and seasonal food and drink, a carousel and choirs singing.
  • Thursday 7 to  Wednesday 20 December, Chanukah Menorah, Broad Street. Lighting of the Menorah at 5 pm every day to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Chanukah – Festival of Lights.
  • Sunday 10 December, Santas on the Run, city centre, 9 am to 11.30 am. Annual charity fun run to raise money for Helen & Douglas House.

Up and coming events in Oxford

  • Wednesday 1 to Monday 6 November, Jack FM  Breast Cancer Awareness, Bonn Square, all day. As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Jack FM are decorating Bonn Square with some bra bunting. www.jackfm.co.uk/oxfordshire
  • Saturday 4 November, Oxford Round Table Fireworks Display 2017, South Park, 4.30 pm to 10 pm. Annual firework display and bonfire, with Jack FM sound stage, event catering, family area, public bar tent and funfair. www.oxfordfireworks.co.uk
  • Saturday 4 November, Oxfordshire Poppy Day, Bonn Square, 10 am to 4 pm. To raise awareness of the work of the Royal British Legion. www.britishlegion.org.uk
  • Saturday 4 November, Santas on the Run Takeover Day, city centre, including Broad Street and Gloucester Green, 10 am to 7 pm. Watch out for Santas around the city centre and sign up for the fun run in December. www.hdh.org.uk
  • Sunday 5 November, Disco Soup, Bonn Square, 12 pm to 3 pm. Join this interactive community cook-up and feast to support organisations working with food surplus and against food poverty. www.abundanceoxford.wordpress.com/disco-soup
  • Saturday 11 November, Leiden Square Opening, Leiden Square (Westgate), 12 pm to 4 pm. Official opening of the new Leiden Square that is located in the Westgate and named after Oxford’s twin city in the Netherlands. www.oxford.gov.uk/info/20139/oxford_international_links
  • Sunday 12 NovemberRemembrance Sunday, St Giles, 10 am to 12 pm. Annual Remembrance Day Service & Parade.
  • Wednesday 15 November, Schools Cross Country Races, Horspath Sports Ground and Shotover Country Park, 1 pm to 4 pm. A series of races for young people from secondary schools in Oxfordshire.
  • Friday 17 to Sunday 19 November, Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival, city centre, 6 pm to 10 pm (Fri), 10 am to 10 pm (Sat) and 10 am to 4 pm (Sun). To launch the festive season, Oxford’s city centre will once again be transformed with cultural activities and installations. www.oxfordschristmas.com