Carlow County Museum Seeks Volunteers

Volunteer for Carlow County Museum

Volunteers at the museum and enjoying Christmas celebrations hosted by Carlow County Museum in 2019

As life begins to return to normal Carlow County Museum has been welcoming back it’s wonderful volunteers who due to the pandemic were stood down. If you are interested in the history and heritage of County Carlow, are over 18 years and enjoy meeting people and can offer one half day per month, either a morning or an afternoon, then volunteering in Carlow County Museum could be for you. Typical Volunteer tasks is invigilating in the Museums display galleries where you will meet, greet and assist visitors.

First opened in December 1973, Carlow County Museum is operated by Carlow County Council, in partnership with the Carlow Historical & Archaeological Society (C.H.A.S.). Carlow County Museum is located in the Cultural Quarter of Carlow Town in the former Presentation Convent on College Street. The Museum is part of a complex that also houses the Carlow Central Library and the Museum is entered through the Carlow Tourist Office.

Carlow County Museum has four exhibition galleries and gives a snapshot of the town and county’s history. Three of the galleries have permanent displays, in that the exhibition themes remain the same and relevant artefacts are added to them. One gallery, on the second floor, is the Temporary Gallery and these exhibitions change over time. Admission to the Museum is free.

Carlow County Museum has achieved Interim Accreditation under the Heritage Council’s Museums Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI) which promotes professional standards in the care of collections in Irish museums and galleries. Carlow County Museum is the first museum in County Carlow to participate in the programme.

Carlow County Museum is a member of the Local Authority Museums’ Network (L.A.M.N) which represents the twelve Local Authority Museums across Ireland, which play a vital role in the social, cultural and economic life of regions across Ireland. 

Why Volunteer?

Volunteering enriches communities, gives volunteers an opportunity to develop personally, and puts giving at the heart of how we all live. It also brings to life the noblest aspirations of humankind – the pursuit of peace, freedom, opportunity, safety, and justice for all people.

In this era of globalization and continuous change, the world is becoming smaller, more interdependent, and more complex. Volunteering – either through individual or group action – is a way in which:

  • human values of community, caring, and serving can be sustained and strengthened;
  • individuals can exercise their rights and responsibilities as members of communities, while learning and growing throughout their lives, realising their full human potential; and,
  • connections can be made across differences that push us apart so that we can live together in healthy, sustainable communities, working together to provide innovative solutions to our shared challenges and to shape our collective destinies.
– The ‘Universal Declaration on Volunteering’ from The International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) 
For more information about volunteering in general, we would recommend that you visit Carlow Volunteer Centre’s website at
Carlow Volunteer Centre in an independent organisation, forming part of a network of  Volunteer Centres from all across the country, and are affiliated to Volunteer Ireland.

If you are interested in volunteering in the Museum, contact John McDarby on 059-9131554 or email for an application form. You can also download the form directly below. All Volunteers must be over 18 years and will be required to receive Garda Clearance.

Download the Carlow County Museum – ‘Volunteer Expression of Interest Form’ by clicking the image above.

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