MEAA is just the place for you if you are interested in museums and the arts, and would like to learn about East and Southeast Asian arts and cultures.

Join our volunteer team to share your skills, meet new people and acquire new knowledge.

Volunteers play an important role at the Museum, helping to ensure our high standards of visitor service and experience. We have a wide range of volunteer roles available which include welcoming visitors, assisting in the Museum shop, helping at special events, as well as supporting our marketing and education programmes.

We can adapt a schedule to suit you ranging from occasional hours to regular part-time shifts.

If you are interested in joining our volunteer team please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator at or call 01225 464640

Benefits include:

  • Full induction and training
  • Opportunities to attend workshops, exhibition previews, and other events
  • 10% discount in the Museum shop (products value £1 and over)
  • Free entry to the Museum
  • Use of the library by appointment (extensive collection of books on Asian culture and arts)
  • Refreshments
  • Annual social gathering

We are recruiting…

Special Exhibition Invigilators 

Volunteers will help to invigilate this special exhibition, ensuring visitors have an enjoyable and stimulating visit. Volunteers will be encouraged to engage with visitors and help to inspire learning and to promote understanding of East Asian arts and cultures with visitors of all ages.

The exhibition

‘Dressed to impress: netsuke and Japanese men’s fashion’ is a British Museum Partnership Exhibition, which explores the intricate accessories worn by Japanese men during the Edo period (1615-1868).
Netsuke (pronounced net-ské) are intricately carved toggles that were worn by Japanese men during the Edo period (1615-1868).  They were used to hang personal objects from a sash (obi) tied around a kimono, as these traditional robes had no pockets.
Netsuke were used by all classes of society, but in particular by merchants who wanted to demonstrate their wealth through fashion accessories.  These small toggles are often displayed in museums as miniature masterpieces of sculpture, but this exhibition shows how netsuke were worn as part of a complete outfit.
Netsuke became outmoded around the start of the twentieth century as Japanese men adopted the Western suit.  However, kimono have recently started to make a comeback in Japan and perhaps the future of netsuke as a must-have item for the fashion-conscious male is bright.

 A British Museum Partnership Exhibition.
Generously supported by the Dorset Foundation.

This visiting British Museum exhibition will run from 4 November 2017 until 22 April 2018.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for friendly, reliable and outgoing volunteers (18 years & over) who are comfortable speaking to visitors and have an interest in art, history, and culture.
You do not need to be an expert as training, information, and support will be provided before you start volunteering at the Museum. Special training and orientation will be offered at the Museum on Saturday 11 November 2017 (11am-12.30). Additional orientation sessions will be arranged later (date/s tbc) for new volunteers joining the team. Also, on 10 November 2017 (7pm) there will be a special lecture by Dr Nicole Rousmaniere (IFAC Handa Curator of Japanese Arts, British Museum) – ‘Dressed to impress: Adornment in modern Japan’. This lecture will be held at Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution (BRLSI), 16 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN.
Volunteer shifts are flexible and can be arranged to fit around your commitments and interests with a choice of morning shifts (10am-12.30pm), mid-day (12:30-3pm) and afternoon shifts (3pm-5pm) from Tuesday-Saturday, and two shifts on Sunday afternoons (12-2.30pm and 2.30pm-5pm). The Museum is closed to the public on Mondays.

We hope you’ll come and join us. This is a chance to meet new people and support your local community… with your help we can bring this exciting exhibition to Bath.
Download Dressed to impress vol opps MEAA

To register your interest and find out more,

contact Volunteer Co-ordinator:   01225 464640