Volunteering in the Museum Shop

Volunteering with the Spitfire Museum shop

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 shop is a very important income generator for our museum. In fact, it accounts for nearly a third of the museum’s annual income in and of itself. This is vital to our ability to keep the museum free of charge.

Volunteering in the shop entails working with at least one other person and is a great way to get to know other volunteers, meet the public and raise funds for our charity all at the same time!

The shop itself offers a variety of local produce (jam, honey, etc.), museum souvenirs and items related to the RAF and the Second World War.

Prospective volunteers can expect to have a versatile experience and will also pick up useful transferable skills such as cash handling, stock management, customer service and team working.

Volunteering with the Spitfire Museum shop

Volunteering at the Museum is a pleasure and a privilege. Working in the shop gives you the opportunity to put your communication skills to good use as you are normally the first contact for many of the visitors. As a volunteer you are vital to the smooth running of the Museum and here at The Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum you are a valued member of the team and always feel appreciated. – Yvonne, Shop Volunteer

Volunteering in the shop requires someone to be able to commit to a regular weekly shift.


  • Willing to learn how to use a touchscreen, PC based till.
  • Willing to learn how to process a variety of different payment methods (including cards).
  • Able to commit to a regular 3 and ½ hour shift (morning or pm).
  • Happy to engage with the general public (i.e.: a people person).


  • In possession of a driver’s license and vehicle as the museum is located in the countryside.
  • Former knowledge of SAGE software.
  • Former experience in retail.

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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Bouncing Bomb

The Hispano-Suiza Mk5 20mm cannon fitted to most World War II British built cannon firing aircraft. This gun has been sectioned to show inner workings and was donated to the Trust by the famous war ace Sir Douglas Bader.