Volunteers are a vital resource in our organisation. They share their time and talents to enhance and support our work and help us to increase visitor access to the collections. In turn, York Museums Trust provides a wide range of volunteering opportunities and experiences. The dedication and commitment of our volunteers is extremely important to our continued operation.
Our volunteers help us to offer a more inspiring experience to our visitors than we could otherwise achieve. To find out more about the latest volunteering activities, click here to download the latest issue of our volunteer newsletter, In The Loop.
Our volunteer programme consists of over 350 people from every walk of life.
There are those who have lived locally for many years and those who are far from home. Volunteering can be a great way to build your skills and confidence, especially if you’re seeking experience of working with children and the general public or are interested in museums or education. You can also make new friends and meet like-minded people through a volunteer role.
You don’t have to have specialist knowledge to volunteer; all you will need is an enthusiasm for the museums and their collections and a willingness to get stuck in! Read below to find out how you can volunteer at York Museums Trust.
Please note: We are unable to accept volunteers under the age of 18. If you are under 18, and have a family member over the age of 18, this could be sibling, parent, grandparent, aunty, cousin etc, who may be interested in volunteering alongside you, we will accept applications as part of our family volunteering program.
Current Volunteering Opportunities
York Art Gallery – Antony Shaw Gallery Volunteer Role
York Art Gallery is looking for volunteers to help in Anthony Shaw’s display space. We want you to help invite the visitors into the space making it feel like a welcoming home environment and to be there to help answer questions on the collection and Anthony as a collector.
It is also important for the volunteers to keep the space invigilated as objects are out on open display and you will help to keep them safe and secure from accidental damage. Click here to find out more.
York Art Gallery – Studio Ceramics Archive Cataloguing
Are you interested in helping to digitise our archival material from York Art Gallery’s Ismay collection? If you are organised, are familiar with computer data entry and have a keen eye for detail this could be a role for you. You will have to be available on a Tuesday or Thursday and commit to a minimum of 6 months.
To find out more information about the archive click here.
York Castle Museum – Kirkgate Costumed Volunteer
Opened in 1938, Kirkgate became the world’s finest re-created Victorian Street. Its period shops and cobbled thoroughfare have captured the imagination of generations and helped make many fond and lasting memories for our visitors. We are now in a position to develop a team of costumed volunteers to interact with the public, talking to visitors about Kirkgate and demonstrating the daily activities of shop keepers. Please click here to find out more.
York Museum Gardens – York Observatory
Volunteers open the Observatory and welcome visitors to this beautiful building in the Museum Gardens, explaining the history of the Observatory itself and the collections it houses. Click here to find out more.
York Castle Museum – Raindale Mill
Volunteers open this early 19th century flour mill in the grounds of York Castle Museum in the 1960s to explain the building’s history, demonstrate our collections of objects which visitors can try (quern stones, tools etc) and talk about milling in the area. Click here to find out more.
York Castle Museum – Riverside Garden
Are you a keen gardener? Can you tell the difference between a dandelion and a daisy? Do you have a few spare hours a week to help us maintain our Riverside Garden on the historic York Castle site?
We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers, to join our Riverside Garden Volunteers team and help us keep this lovely area looking its best. Click here to find out more.
Hands on Here! at York Art Gallery
Volunteers help visitors get up close and personal with objects from our ceramics collection. There are a variety of themed handling activities for volunteers to choose from. Click here to find out more.
Hands on Here! at York Castle Museum
Volunteers help visitors get up close and personal with objects from our social and military history collection. There are a variety of themed handling activities for volunteers to choose from. Click here to find out more.
Hands on Here! at the Yorkshire Museum
Volunteers help visitors get up close and personal with objects from our natural history and natural science collection. There are a variety of themed handling activities for volunteers to choose from. Click here to find out more.
Find out what our volunteers think about volunteering with us. Click here to read a blog from one of our volunteers.
How to Apply
Alternatively, you can contact Philip Newton, Volunteers Co-ordinator. Click here to email or by post:
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York Castle Museum,
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