Volunteering at York Museums Trust

Volunteering

Volunteering with York Museums Trust

Our volunteers allow us to create a fantastic visitor experience, taking them in to the past and immersing them in a world of knowledge and amazement.

We offer a range of opportunities across our three museums from object handling to running an historic flour mill. Last year we had over 350 individual volunteers giving their time and commitment to us to help us continue to give visitors an excellent experience. See what our volunteers are doing by following us on Twitter and Instagram.

Please click here to read the latest version of our newsletter, In the Loop.

 

Why volunteer with us?

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!

Click here to see our volunteers blog.

 

Volunteering to promote your health and wellbeing

We have used the five ways to wellbeing to look at what you can gain from volunteering with us.

  • Meeting people – By volunteering you will not only talk to the general public but you will meet other volunteers on your project as well as the wider Trust staff.
  • Get active! – Get out and about and come to one of our museums regularly to enjoy our buildings and outdoor spaces for free!
  • Thought provoking – Why not take the time to think about pieces of art, objects and histories and how they affect you or make you feel?
  • Helping others – By volunteering you will be giving your time and knowledge to help visitors learn about York’s collections and stories and give them a great visitor experience.
  • Learning something new  – You can learn new histories and stories or new skills.

 

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, aunt, cousin etc, who may be interested in volunteering alongside you, we will accept applications as part of our family volunteering program.

 

Current opportunities

Summer Volunteers 2017

If you are in York over the summer and find yourself having some free time during your break from university, why not volunteer at one of our sites? We have a great selection of visitor facing roles that cross history, science, art and engineering subjects.

All we ask is for a commitment of two days a week (four, three hour shifts) from July till September and you must be free the first week of July for training. It will not only give you skills for the workplace but you will be in a fun and interesting environment which will promote your health and wellbeing.

Click here to find out more about our different roles.

If you have any questions or want to find out more please email philip.newton@ymt.org.uk

Hands on Here!

Volunteers help visitors to get up close and personal with objects from our collections. You will receive all the relevant training so that you can give information about the histories, people or artists connected to the objects, to our visitors, to give them a great experience. We have this opportunity at all of our sites, please click on the links below for more information on Hands on Here! volunteers at each site.

Leisure Land Golf Steward in York Art Gallery’s Artists Garden

This summer we are bringing an exciting interactive installation to the Artist’s Garden at York Art Gallery. Doug Fishbone’s Leisure Land Golf is a unique exhibition that allows visitors to play a round of crazy golf while engaging with contemporary art. As a volunteer steward you will be giving people information about the artists and their pieces while facilitating the activity.

Click here to find out more.

Anthony Shaw Gallery Steward at York Art Gallery

Anthony’s collection of ceramic is on display at the gallery where it has been designed to look like a living room in his home. As a volunteer you will welcome people in to the space and be available to answer questions about Anthony and his collection. You will also look after the objects that are on open display to make sure they are safe and secure from accidental damage.

Click here to find out more.

Costumed Kirkgate volunteer at York Castle Museum

Why not immerse yourself in Victorian York and give our visitors a great experience, showing them what it was really like to live at this time. You can choose to be a shop assistant or someone in the street, no need to be an actor though, as all our roles are delivered in the third person.

Click here to find out more.

York Observatory in the Museum Gardens

Are you interested in astronomy or science? Our observatory opens to the public, letting them see an historic telescope in a purpose built building to view the night sky. Open during the day, volunteers welcome visitors to the observatory and give them information about the history of the building and astronomy in York.

Click here to find out more.

Raindale Mill at the Castle Museum

Have you ever fancied running a real water mill? We have a reconstructed early 19th century flour mill in the grounds of the Castle Museum, where you can show people how flour is made and how water is used to power the mechanism. It is a beautiful spot surrounded by wild flowers and grassland nestled next to the old castle walls.

Click here to find out more.

How to Apply

Click here to complete an application form.

Alternatively, you can contact Philip Newton, Volunteers Co-ordinator – email philip.newton@ymt.org.uk or post to:

York Museums Trust,
York Castle Museum,
The Eye of York,
York,
YO1 9RY

 

F.A.Q’s

Click here to download our F.A.Q’s information sheet.

 

Current Volunteers

If you are a current volunteer and would like to sign up for a session please click here to access the
online rota or http://myvolunteerpage.mobi from a phone/tablet.

Please contact the Volunteers Team directly if you have forgotten your login details.