Looking for a way to make friends and contribute to your community? Share our passion for the history and heritage of Sussex? Why not apply to become a volunteer for The Sussex Archaeological Society?

Volunteers generously give their time to help preserve, protect and promote the history of our region. As a registered charity, we simply couldn’t deliver our mission without them. 

In exchange, they get the chance to indulge their love of history, make friends with fellow enthusiasts, and enjoy up-close access to our collections and historic sites.

For a list of current vacancies at our properties and sites, please scroll down.

What can I do as a volunteer?

There are lots of opportunities for volunteers to get hands-on with history. Whatever your interests, we’ll try to match you with a rewarding role you’ll really enjoy. Current volunteers are involved in tasks like:

  • Cataloguing in our extensive library at Lewes Castle
  • Gardening at Michelham Priory, Fishbourne Roman Palace or Lewes Castle
  • Welcoming visitors to our historic sites as a museum or house guide
  • Selling locally sourced products and gorgeous gifts in our on-site shops
  • Providing invaluable admin support behind the scenes

Who volunteers… and why?

People volunteer with us for lots of reasons. We have young people gaining work experience in the heritage sector, retirees who finally have time to indulge their passion for the past, and everyone in between. What unites them is their fascination for the history of our county.  

By volunteering, they get to:

  • Enjoy closer interactions with our collections and artefacts
  • Develop deeper expertise in Sussex’s fascinating history
  • Make friends with fellow heritage enthusiasts
  • Share their expertise with visitors to our museums and historic sites
  • Become a valued part of a dedicated team


Current vacancies

Fishbourne Roman Palace

Event Volunteers – to help in a variety of capacities to enhance the visitor experience, full training given

Welcome Volunteers – welcoming visitors, learning about the history of the palace, and offering assistance where required

Bookshop Volunteers – we have a thriving second-hand bookshop entirely run by volunteers. We always need extra help no matter how many days or hours you can manage

Gardening Volunteers – a variety of roles but a great opportunity to work outdoors, meet new people, improve your mental health and wellbeing, and work on one of the oldest planted gardens in Britain

General maintenance/grounds maintenance – help our Groundsperson Stewart as he works to maintain the Palace and various buildings on-site


Lewes Castle & Museum, Anne of Cleves House & Bull House

Garden volunteers – a variety of roles but a great opportunity to work outdoors, meet new people, improve your mental health and wellbeing at Lewes Castle and Anne of Cleves House

Garden Volunteer – Role description


Michelham Priory House & Gardens

Tour Guiding Volunteers – lead visitors and groups around the museum and gardens

Event Volunteers – to help in a variety of capacities to enhance the visitor experience

Garden Volunteer – Role Description

Shop Assistants – previous experience in taking money and using tills

General maintenance/grounds maintenance – a variety of roles supporting our Grounds team across the site, including our Tudor mansion and Elizabethan Great Barn


Marlipins Museum

Volunteer visitor service assistants – experience of using touch screen tills desirable


How do I volunteer?

If you are interested in getting involved, we would love to hear from you. Contact us on the details below, specifying which property and roles you would be interested in.

Email: enquiries@sussexpast.co.uk 

Call 01273 486260