Museum Support Volunteers – The Judges Lodgings Museum

Judges’ Lodgings Museum is looking for Museum Support Volunteers, helping to provide knowledge and guidance to visitors when the museum reopens in March 2024.

The Judges’ Lodgings is Lancaster’s oldest town house and a Grade 1 listed building.

The Museum covers 3 floors and unfortunately there is no lift. Please see our Access Statement for further information Judges’ Lodgings Museum – Lancashire County Council

Judges’ Lodgings takes its name from when the Lancaster Castle Assize Court Judges lodged there between 1775 and 1975, while they were trying cases.

Thomas Covell, Mayor of Lancaster and Keeper of Lancaster Castle, lived in the Judges’ Lodgings and is best remembered as being famous for locking up the Pendle Witches during the Lancashire Witch Trials.

The building was reconstructed to its present form in 1675 and now contains a collection of Gillow furniture and the Museum of Childhood.

Please speak to a member of staff before applying – 01524 581241 or email us at

Overview of Service:

Lancashire County Council Museums Service provides public access to, and engagement with 6 historic buildings including Lancaster Castle, Judges Lodgings, Clitheroe Castle, Gawthorpe Hall, Helmshore Mills Textile Museum and Queen Street Mill. Our goal is to provide high quality experiences for all, based on our key values which are: Supportive, Innovative, Respectful and Collaborative.

Overview of the Role:

Museum Support Volunteers support the operation of the museum.

This role offers you an opportunity to assist with activities across the site, and you will get to meet new people, learn a range of new skills, and help us bring our sites to life for a wide range of audiences.

The role of the volunteer will be to create a warm, friendly and welcoming environment to our visitors and provide them with the knowledge and information about this historic site during their visit.

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All tasks are carried out to assist, and are under the supervision of a member of staff: 

In this role you could be:

  • Welcoming, Meet & Greet, Wayfinding, Signposting
  • Events support
  • Room stewarding
  • Engagement/Outreach
  • Collecting feedback and evaluation
  • Offering general visitor assistance
  • Conducting research
  • Content creation for events/activities and social media
  • Assisting with refreshments
  • Help to brighten up a visitor’s day


Required Qualities:

You don’t need any previous experience or qualifications to volunteer, just enthusiasm and a willingness to learn!

We also ask that you:

  • Can commit to regular attendance at agreed times
  • Are a good communicator
  • Have patience and understanding
  • Are friendly and approachable
  • Are reliable and committed
  • Comfortable talking to people from many backgrounds and walks of life
  • Must have lived in the UK for 3+ years


Training will be provided where necessary and may be in the form of peer support, distance learning or trainer led.  Volunteers must have completed the required eLearning training before any activity can be undertaken and may be asked to regularly refresh training where required.

  • Safeguarding Children Level 1
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Safeguarding Adults level 1
  • Equality, Diversity & Human Rights
  • Health & Safety
  • Prevent Radicalisation

Is this post subject to Enhanced DBS/Vetting:  No





Is this post subject to Enhanced DBS/Vetting:  No

Required Age:

18 years +


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Judges Lodgings Museum, Church Street, Lancaster, LA1 1YS

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If you are interested in this opportunity please contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator for a chat, or click apply now.

Email: Lancashire Volunteer Partnership

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