109 Norfolk St. S. Simcoe, ON N3Y 2W3 - (519)426-1583

"The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers" (Terry Guillemets)

The Norfolk Historical Society needs volunteers to assist in the operation of the Eva Brook Donly Museum and Archives. As a volunteer you will be helping us grow while taking the opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people, work with the public and make a difference in your community. It could also help you to begin a new adventure of exploration into the rich and expansive history of Norfolk County.

There are many volunteer activities from which to choose, each with a good level of flexibility. You can work for an hour, a half-day or a full day. You can come in weekly, monthly or even seasonally. We even have some jobs that you could do at home, if that interests you. The choice is yours.

And if you are currently in high school, volunteering at the Eva Brook Donly Museum and Archives is a great way to complete your community service requirements.



Consider a Volunteer Opportunity to Match Your Interests



  • Display Installation - Supporting the ongoing set-up and alteration of the excellent displays of artifacts and historical data in the museum. We have a vast collection of artifacts and memorabilia from old Norfolk that evoke wonderful memories for all of our visitors.
  • Museum Docent - Receive training that will allow you to act as a Guide for tour groups of adults or school children visiting the Museum. An excellent opportunity to learn about the extensive history of Norfolk County and its people, and then be able to pass it on to another generation.
  • Carpentry - Anyone with carpentry skills is especially welcome - whether it be to help with small projects and odd jobs around the Museum or Artifact Restoration which requires a skilled craftsman with tools to restore historical artifacts, furniture, etc.
  • Cataloguing- Helping to document and key information on historical artifacts into the Museum record system.
  • Education/Activity Programmer - Assisting with class visits and school holiday programming.


  • Cataloguing - Assisting with the cataloguing of books or indexing of documents and information that people have donated.
  • Research Assistance - After completing a training program, you could provide assistance to our many visitors who come to research their Norfolk ancestors.
  • Special Projects - There are always challenging and exciting projects underway requiring identification, retrieval and recording of documentation on specific topics of interest relative to Norfolk County and its inhabitants.

Technical Support:

  • Local Network - PC-literate individuals are always needed to help us keep our computer systems in working order.
  • Internet - We currently have an excellent, and always improving, website which requires regular refreshing and enhancing. Opportunities include developing content for the site as well as technical assistance.
  • At the moment, we especially need an Assistant Webmaster - someone who would like to learn and help support the internal workings of our website.


  • Special Events - Throughout the year there are special, one-day, events that require a group of volunteers for a short period of time. This would include annual events such as the Garden Tour, Yard Sale, Spring Tea, Lecture Series and Norfolklore Show.
  • Gardening - As we are currently refreshing the entire yard and garden area around our beautiful building, there is always an opportunity for individuals who would like to develop or exercise their gardening skills during the warmer months.


To learn more, contact us at 519-426-1583 or send an email to [email protected], indicating your area of interest, your name, and contact information. Someone familiar with the opportunities that suit your interests will then contact you to discuss the possibilities with you.

Please consider volunteering - we'd love to get to know you!