Make a Donation
Wells & Mendip Museum is a self-funding independent charity, and we rely on the generosity of donors to keep the museum running.
If you wish to make a direct donation you may do so through Virgin Money Giving by clicking on the red button below. Donations can also be made by cheque ("Wells Museum") or bank transfer (please contact us).
Another way to support us is by becoming a Friend of Wells & Mendip Museum.
You may also donate at the museum itself. You will find our donation box at the museum shop.
Volunteers fulfil many roles in the museum, including front-of-house, curatorial, archives, library development, gardening, and maintenance.
Vacancies for these roles occur frequently, especially for the front-of-house. Please email the museum manager to check if there are vacancies, to register your interest, or for full role descriptions. Alternatively, drop into the museum and have a chat with one of our volunteers who will be able to give you an application form.
Front-of-House Volunteer: Mornings or Afternoons
We are currently looking for front-of-house volunteers. Although, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not sure when we will re-open, we hope to open on more days soon.
Mornings: 10.00am to 1.00pm (10.00am to 1.30pm in the summer)
Afternoons: 1.00pm to 4.00pm (1.30pm to 4.30pm in the summer).
Front-of-house volunteers coordinate the smooth running of the reception area in the museum by extending a warm and informative welcome to all visitors. This is a key role and you must be happy working in a varied customer-orientated environment. Tasks include running the museum shop and dealing with museum queries.
This role will suit someone who has an enthusiastic, friendly manner, enjoys meeting people, and is computer literate. You should be happy to work as part of a team, but equally happy to work alone when necessary.
To read a full description of the role, please click here
To apply for a position please complete the application form, available here
Please return your completed form to Christine Fewer (Museum Manager) by dropping it off at the front desk (when we re-open), posting it to the museum, or emailing it to email@example.com
Benefits of Membership
Free museum entry for a year (annual member) or lifetime (life member)
Free entry to paid exhibitions
Invitations to selected previews and openings of museum exhibitions
Free use of the museum library for research
Free entry to Wells Natural History and Archaeological Society lectures
10% discount on museum shop purchases
Regular newsletter (via email)
Annual membership rates are:
Individual // £10.00
Family (2 adults + 3 children under 16 years) // £15.00
Lifetime membership rates are:
Individual // £100.00
Family (2 adults + 3 children under 16 years) // £150.00
To join please complete the membership form available here
Post your completed form (along with payment) to the museum, or call in at the museum with your form. If you would like to pay by card you will need to drop into the museum. Forms are also available at the front desk.
Please consider filling in the Gift Aid section if this applies to you.
Wells Heritage Pass
The Wells Heritage Pass gives unlimited access to three historically significant sites in Wells for one year. This annual pass allows entry to Wells & Mendip Museum, The Bishop's Palace & Gardens and Wells Cathedral. Cardholders also receive a 10% discount on shop purchases.
Individual // £40
Joint // £69
Family (1 adult + 2 children) £55
Family (2 adults + 2 children) // £78
Passes may be purchased from Wells Cathedral or the Bishop’s Palace.
Funds raised from the Wells Heritage Pass will be invested in the conservation of these significant heritage landmarks and will ensure that the doors of these sites are kept open to the public now and for future generations.
To discover more please download the Wells Heritage Pass leaflet.
As an independent charity, the museum continues to operate thanks to generous public support. From a one-off donation to a will bequest, any financial gift is warmly welcomed.
For further information please contact the museum manager, Christine Fewer, on 01749 673477 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to thank the following for their kind donations:
Heritage Lottery Fund
Rothschild in the Community
Viridor Credits Environmental Company
Waitrose “Community Matters”
Wells City Council
Wells Natural History & Archaeological Society
Wells Rotary Club
Support the museum through AmazonSmile
You can support us with every purchase using AmazonSmile. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your purchases to the museum if you select “The Wells Museum” on AmazonSmile. There is no extra cost to you.
If you shop on your computer, just make your purchases as usual, but through smile.amazon.com
You will be asked to select the charity of your choice, so select “The Wells Museum” from the list.
If you shop on your phone, select AmazonSmile in the Amazon shopping app (on iPhones and Android phones). Follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations!
1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into 'Settings'
3. Tap 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process
Please note this needs the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app to work.
Support the museum by recycling your inkjet cartridges
Simply register with Recycle4Charity.co.uk and request Freepost bags. For each usable cartridge, £1 will be donated to the museum. Alternatively, just drop your items off at the museum and we will send them.