International Garden Photographer of the Year

An array of the beauty of flora, fauna and landscapes from around the world in this spectacular showcase of selected awarded images from International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition 17.

Discovery Repairs: Explore the Build

Experience conservation work undertaken by Scottish engineers using traditional methods, to restore Discovery’s ageing timbers as she approaches her 100th anniversary as a Royal Research Ship in 2025!

Adopt an Object

Support us to care for our nationally significant Polar and Jute Collections.

Become a Corporate Supporter

Discover the difference your business could make to our work in Dundee.

Our Sustainability Strategy

At Dundee Heritage Trust, we are committed to protecting and sharing our local and global heritage for current and future generations.

Latest News

Keep up to date with news and stories from Discovery Point and Verdant Works Museum.

Polar Publications

Celebrate two iconic publications from within our Polar Collections; the famous South Polar Times compiled on Discovery in 1902, and Shackleton’s rare Aurora Australis.

The Boss

As 2024 marks #Shackleton150, we look at just some of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Discovery story, and how his first trip to Antarctica paved the way for an incredible career in Polar exploration.

Support Us


Volunteer with us!

Our charity was founded in 1985 by a small band of dedicated volunteers, and volunteering remains at the heart of what we do today. Without the enthusiasm and dedication of our large volunteer base, our organisation wouldn’t be where it is today.

As a volunteer, you can:

  • Learn about museums, our collections, and world heritage
  • Gain new skills and experience
  • Make friends and meet people from around the world
  • Access exclusive events and training for volunteers
50+ current volunteers
10,000+ hours donated

“I enjoy walking with my fellow volunteers and museum staff as well as meeting visitors from all over the world. I would recommend volunteering to anyone who has spare time on their hands”

Alastair, Discovery Point Volunteer

Volunteer Role Descriptions

Designed to inspire and benefit, we offer a range of opportunities to suit different interests and experiences, including:

How to apply:

Download and complete our enquiry form.

If you require any of our materials in an alternative format (e.g. large print) or assistance with completing your enquiry form, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Hear what our volunteers say


Who can apply?

Anyone! We welcome applications from people from all walks of life and with different abilities. We will do our best to find you a role that suits you internally or signpost you to other volunteering opportunities.

What happens after I apply?

We’ll invite you to meet us at the site(s) you want to volunteer for an informal induction. This will help you get an idea of what the role is like and how we work as a team. After the visit, we’ll ask you to fill in a couple of more forms. 

How much time do I have to give as a volunteer?

The amount of time is different for each opportunity and will be discussed prior to you starting your role. Please check the role description and send us a message if you’re unsure. 

What if I change my mind about volunteering?

We understand that things can change quickly in your personal and professional life. If you change your mind about volunteering with us, please let us know. 

Are there certain qualifications, skills, or previous experience I need?

No. We provide an induction, full training and ongoing support for each role. If you have expertise in an area, please let us know.  

You will always be supervised if the role involves working with young people. 

Will I get my expenses paid?

Yes, we will pay for transport to and from volunteering monthly, as well as any (pre-approved) out-of-pocket expenses. 

What about insurance?

You are covered by our employee liability insurance while onsite or engaged in any work on behalf of Dundee Heritage Trust.

Will volunteering affect my benefits?

You can volunteer for as many hours as you like as long you continue to meet the conditions of the benefit you get. Find out more here.

Contact us about volunteering

If we haven’t answered your question here, or you would like to discuss anything else with us, please fill out this form, or call us:

+44 (0)1382 309060

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