Volunteering with the Collection

Volunteering with the Collection

Visitor Information

Opening Hours
10am - 4pm (Daily. Jan & Feb closed Mondays)

Free Car and Coach Parking
Disabled Access
Merlin Café open daily

The Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum
The Airfield
Manston Road
Kent CT12 5DF
[Get Directions]

Tel: 01843 821940
Email: enquiries@spitfiremuseum.org.uk

The collection, that is to say the artefacts and documentation pertaining to them, is the heart and soul of our Museum. Apart from the Spitfire & Hurricane on display (the largest artefacts in our collection), the Museum holds over 2000 other artefacts that tell the stories of the people of Thanet and the Second World War.

Volunteering with the Collection

Collections volunteers report to the Collections Officer and are responsible for a range of tasks including; monitoring temperature & humidity for the collection, photographing and condition checking objects, recording them in the museum catalogue and assisting the collections officer with displays and cleaning.

Due to the nature and sensitivity of the work undertaken, the collections team is limited to 6 volunteers as specialist training is required to be able to correctly undertake collections work and, in so doing, maintaining the Museum’s enviable status of full accreditation with Arts Council England.


  • Self-motivated and willing to work as part of a small team.
  • Willing to be trained, sometimes by out of house trainers.
  • Analytical and computer literate.
  • Able to focus and follow a project through in the proper fashion (no short cuts).
  • Happy to work as part of a team of volunteers.


  • In possession of a driver’s license and vehicle as the museum is located in the countryside.
  • Experience in museums.
  • Degree (or currently in the process of securing one) in collections care, conservation and/or Museums.

Donations are very gratefully received. Not only because they let us know that we enjoy the support and interest of our visitors but also because, like many charities, we can claim Gift Aid support which could add an additional 20% to our donated income.



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Look Out For...

Rolls Royce Merlin Engine

The Rolls Royce Merlin III engine believed to be from a crashed Hurricane of 43 Squadron which ditched due to engine failure near Ashford in Kent. Sadly Pilot Officer K C Campbell did not survive the crash. He was 28 years old.