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Volunteer Opportunites

Volunteer at the History of Education Centre

Have you ever imagined yourself in another era? Dreamed of days gone by? If you’ve got a bit of a flair for acting, you could volunteer with us and bring the Victorian era back to life for yourself and our visitors!

Play the part of the strict Victorian schoolteacher

Lead a lesson for schoolchildren (and the occasional group of adults) in our authentic-looking Victorian classroom. An interest in history and/or education is very welcome but not essential, and you don’t have to have any acting experience either – just enthusiasm!

Training is provided

Our volunteers always work in pairs so you’ll be fully supported at all times. Any discipline issues are handled by the visiting class teacher. Each session lasts around two hours. The first half is in the classroom and the second half is in the museum room, where you’ll show our visitors lots of different old fashioned household objects and give them an idea of what life was like at home in the past.

There is a script to work from

There’s room for a bit of adlibing and we encourage volunteers to share their own stories and experiences with our visitors. Most of our sessions run on weekday mornings and, once you’re fully trained, you can decide how often you want to do it (while training, we would ask you to attend as often as you can).

This opportunity is open to those who are 21 and over, and can commit to volunteering with us for at least a year. All volunteers must complete a Disclosure Scotland application. If you would like to volunteer with us or would simply like to know more about it, please email our administrator at