Become a docent

Volunteer with us. Give tours, research and care for objects and work in our school and outreach activities.

 

Sign up to become a docent

Hunt museum docents standing beside each other with certificates

The Hunt Museum Docents are a dynamic and motivated group. They are the front of house ambassadors of the museum, and are active members of the community. The Docents volunteer their time and engage visitors in learning primarily about our Collection.

If you are interested in joining the Hunt Museum Docent group, we hold bi-annual information sessions in both January and September. Outside of these months, further information is available at:

Sinéad Hutchinson, Volunteer Coordinator & Retail Manager

061 490 083

sinead@huntmuseum.com

Download the Application Form

Who makes a good Docent?

  • A person with an enthusiasm for sharing knowledge and working with people.
  • A person who is passionate about History, Art and their community.
  • A person who can communicate effectively with people of all ages and backgrounds.
  • A person with strong interpersonal skills.
  • And most importantly a person who enjoys telling, and listening to, a good story.

What do our Docents do in the Museum?

  • Welcome visitors to the Hunt Museum.
  • Give guided tours of the Hunt Collection.
  • Work with children and adults on school programmes and outreach programmes.
  • Assist with administrative and curatorial duties.
  • Research the Hunt Collection.

Why become a Docent?

Why Not?

  • You will get to meet people with similar interests.
  • You will gain experience of working in a museum.
  • You will develop your knowledge of history, archaeology and art history.
  • You will be able to participate in outings to museums and galleries around the country.
  • You will be able to attend exhibition openings, launches and parties.
  • You will be able to further your own research, with the prospect of future publication.

This is what some of our current Docents say about Volunteering with us.

“Being a Docent opens up a whole new world, you will find yourself doing things you never thought you could and enjoying it. I recommend it.”

Mary O'Connor

“I like being a Docent because I feel I’m involved in the running of one of the main attractions of my native city, and an institution that is surely Ireland’s most important small museum.

Being a Docent means being part of a very different world from my everyday one – a world of art and artists and history and the stories associated with many of the exhibits in the Hunt collection.

Being a docent also means meeting a wide range of visitors who, after a tour, will – I hope – remember Limerick and the Hunt Museum as well as they will the Cliffs of Moher and the Guinness Storehouse.”

Mike Roycraft

“…It is part of my life journey where my ship is in a sea of friendship, knowledge, & education. Where the staff provide the rudders, and colleagues the sails, in the best ambiance of all the museums I have visited to date…”

Lorraine McCarthy

Download our Docent Handbook 2021