Be a heritage volunteer

Fuel your passion for history and help keep our stories of courage and innovation alive.
RNLI heritage volunteers outside the RNLI Grace Darling Museum at Bamburgh, Northumberland

Photo: Adrian Don

RNLI heritage volunteers outside the RNLI Grace Darling Museum at Bamburgh, Northumberland

If you’re just as passionate about our lifesaving history as we are, join us as a heritage volunteer.

We celebrate our history through our archive and historic collections based at our Support Centre in Poole, Dorset, and at our six museums.

As a heritage volunteer, you’ll help to protect and preserve our rich heritage so that our story can be told for years to come.

And through telling our story, you’ll be keeping our stories of courage and innovation alive, inspiring supporters from all generations.

Types of heritage volunteering opportunities

There are a variety of heritage volunteer roles with our Heritage Team based in Poole, at our six museums and with our Youth Education Team including volunteer museum curator; museum front of house volunteer; volunteer heritage researcher; and heritage education volunteer.

If you have any questions about volunteering for the RNLI, visit our FAQs page.


If you’re specifically interested in volunteering at one of our museums, you can also contact the museum directly to see if there are any volunteering opportunities. Find your nearest museum.

Or to find out about heritage volunteering opportunities at our Support Centre in Poole, contact our Heritage Team.

What it's like to be a heritage volunteer

  • RNLI Museum Volunteer Gwyn Jackson

    Be inspired

    Meet our heritage volunteers
  • Hunstanton crew onboard their Self Righting class lifeboat, Licensed Victualler, as she sits on her horse-drawn carriage on the beach. Circa 1900-1931.

    Delve in

    Our history
  • Skegness lifeboat volunteers training in rough seas in their D class inshore lifeboat, Peterborough Beer Festival lV D-739

    The difference you will make

    How your support helps

Will you stand with us?

Our brave volunteer crews are still on call, 24/7, despite the global pandemic. We urgently need you to stand with us in these uncertain times so they can continue to be there for you, your loved ones and everyone who needs them.