Are you looking for an opportunity to get more involved in the work of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums? Do you think that you can use your skills and interests to make a difference in the work that we do?

Learn new skills, meet new people and become part of the organisation through volunteer positions at our venues.

What's in it for you?

What do our volunteers do?  

Full time, part time, short term options

Opportunities

Opportunities Across the North East


What's in it for you?

There are lots of reasons why you may want to volunteer with Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums. These are just some of them:

Strengthen your CV
Develop your skills and your CV with some volunteering. Many of our volunteers have found that through their time with us, they have learnt skills and grown confidence that has helped them to gain employment. Although none of our placements have turned directly into paid employment, a number of our volunteers have gone on to gain employment with us at a later date.

Make new friends
Meet like-minded people through a volunteer placement with us.

Transport costs
We will cover all transport costs both to and from your volunteer placement and any trips that you need to make as part of the job. This can either be the cost of public transport or car mileage.

Staff discount
All volunteers are entitled to a staff discount at TWAM cafes and shops.

We are sorry but we do not cover the cost of childcare.


What do our volunteers do?

Our volunteers are currently involved in a range of activities, including:

  • Being the welcoming face of our venues: by working on the information desks to meet and greet visitors.
  • Volunteering in the stores and helping to catalogue our extensive collections.
  • Volunteering with the learning teams to help facilitate exhibitions and explain exhibits to visitors.
  • Bringing our rail heritage alive by helping with the day to day running of Stephenson Railway Museum.
  • Stewarding or assisting with the organisation of special events.

Full time, part time, short term options

Volunteering with Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums is very flexible and we appreciate the time that volunteers give to us: whether long or short term. Volunteers can offer anything from a day a month right through to full time support. We also offer some student placements for set periods of time.


Current Opportunities

 

 

Date added: 26th March 2014

 

 

Role: Exhibition Steward Late Shows

Hours and days available: Friday 16 - Saturday 17 May 2014

Overview: To help with the Late Shows Events which are taking place at a number of venues around Ouseburn on 17th May and Newcastle on18th May.

Volunteers will be placed at one venue in pairs and will help to

  • meet and greet visitors
  • provide excellent customer service
  • hand out goodies such as glow sticks and programmes to visitors
  • answer visitor queries
  • provide directions to venues and bus stops (information will be provided)
  • encourage visitors to complete feedback questionnaires
  • advise visitors about other venues on the route that they may enjoy 

Skills, Qualifications or courses needed/preferred : Good customer service skills; Good communication skills; Ability to work in a team; Ability to follow instructions and to be pro active. 

Personal Qualities Required / Preferred: Volunteers should be enthusiastic, friendly, approachable and confident. Volunteers should be able to work in teams with one or more volunteers.  

A full volunteer briefing session will be available, and the date for this will be released nearer the time. 

Interested? Please email volunteering@twmuseums.org.uk or call 01912772299 for an application form.

 

 

 

Date added: 8th April 2014

 

 

Role: Games Makers

 

 

Hours and days available: 17 May 2014 18:00-23:00

Minimum of 10 volunteers

Overview: As part of the city wide ‘The Late Shows 2014’ programme, the Discovery Museum goes games crazy after taking inspiration form the Toon Times exhibition.

Tasks Include: Volunteers are required to encourage visitors to try particular sports or games, give details of the rules of the game, monitor/assist participants, keep scores.  You will be allocated particular games to monitor during the event  

Personal Qualities Required / Preferred: Volunteers should be enthusiastic, friendly, approachable and confident. Volunteers should be able to work in teams and be able to adapt to changing priorities..  

Training: Briefing session followed by supervised instruction and observation 

Interested? Please email volunteering@twmuseums.org.uk or call 01912772299 for an application form. 

 

 

Date added: 8th April 2014

 

 

Role: Character Mascots for Penalty Shoot outs  

 

Hours and days available: 17 May 2014 18:00-23:00

also - Ad hoc dates between April and October 2014

Usually for 4 – 5 hours per session

Overview:  As part of the Toon Times exhibition, the supporting programme of events will offer visitors the opportunity to go head to head in a penalty shoot out with NUFC favourites Monty and Maggy, the mascots. 

Tasks Include:  Enthusiastic volunteers who will don the suits and face the visitors as the penalty shoot our goalkeepers.  You may also be asked to walk around the museum, meet and greet visitors in character and appear for photo opportunities. 

Skills, Qualifications or courses needed/preferred : Goalkeeping skills/experience would be advantageous but is not essential. A good level of overall fitness as the character suits can be quite restrictive and warm. Ability to attempt goal saves 

 

Training: Briefing session followed by supervised instruction and observation 

Interested? Please email volunteering@twmuseums.org.uk or call 01912772299 for an application form.  

 

 


Date added: 8th April 2014

Role: Volunteer Exhibition Steward: Toon Times Exhibition

Hours and days available: On event days hours will be 11-3 with a break for lunch. The exhibition will run from 8.2.2014 to 5.10.2014  

Overview: The Toon Times exhibition will chart the fortunes of NUFC from its inception in 1881 to present day. It will show-case artefacts connected to the club from souvenir programmes, the signature black and white club strip to the silverware collected over the years. Many of the exhibits in the display will be on show to the public for the first time.

Tasks Include: Giving general information about the exhibition and answering visitors questions. Assisting at an object handling table, counting the number of engagements and writing down any good memories people have. Assisting at a craft table, helping visitors make football related crafts like rosettes, trophies, masks and finger puppets.  

 

Skills, Qualifications or courses needed/preferred: Knowledge of football would be good but not essential

Personal Qualities Required / Preferred: Interested in football. Interested in the history of the North East. Enjoys speaking to and interacting with people 

Training: Briefing session followed by supervised instruction and observation 

Interested? Please email volunteering@twmuseums.org.uk or call 01912772299 for an application form.  

 

 

Date Added: 22nd January 2014

Role: Events Support Volunteer

We are looking to create a team of volunteers who are able to assist with the preparation of literature, documentation and materials which will benefit any visitors attending museum events.

Tasks will include; updating each of the museum’s Event Calendars in Outlook with the details about the events; preparing visitor packs, eg printing, stapling, cutting, laminating; sending prepared information to internal and external customers;  helping to position equipment (basic signage, visitor packs, family craft materials) at venues in advance of events. Volunteers will be required for 2-4 hours a day, mainly on Thursdays and Fridays in advance of big events (approximately 4-5 times per year).

 If you are interested in being involved please contact us as detailed below.

 

Date added: 12th February 2014

Role: Visitor Giving Volunteer

TWAM will be holding regular fundraising events throughout the year to raise money for the museums and galleries. Alongside Development staff, volunteers will ask our visitors to consider donating to TWAM and explain Gift Aid to them.

Tasks Include: Engaging with visitors and asking for donations; explaining Gift Aid; passing out flyers; collecting donations; supporting activities 

Customer service skills would be advantageous, but not essential. Training will be given.

If you are interested in being involved please contact us as detailed below. 

 

 

How to Apply

If you would like to apply for any of the above roles please contact the Volunteer Team stating which role(s) you are interested in Volunteering@twmuseums.org.uk Discovery Museum, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4JA.

If your volunteer role requires you to work directly with children, young people or vulnerable adults, we will need you to apply for a Criminal Records Bureau Standard Disclosure Certificate. Details on how to do this will be provided. 

 

 Added 30th January

WHAT IS

Hadrian’s Wall and its legacy on Tyneside is a community archaeology project to find out about the easternmost 30 miles of Hadrian’s Wall between South Shields and Hexham/Corbridge. In this area the Wall is often invisible but many local people are proud of it and fascinated by it. The project gives them the chance to get involved in research and excavation in various different places along the Wall. Absolutely anybody can join in 

If you are considering volunteering within an archaeological role, you may consider becoming involved in our community archaeology project, WallQuest.

WHAT IS WALLQUEST?

Hadrian’s Wall and its legacy on Tyneside is a community archaeology project to find out about the easternmost 30 miles of Hadrian’s Wall between South Shields and Hexham/Corbridge. In this area the Wall is often invisible but many local people are proud of it and fascinated by it. The project gives them the chance to get involved in research and excavation in various different places along the Wall. Absolutely anybody can join in .

Please follow this link for further details of how to get involved.

http://www.hadrianswallquest.co.uk/ 

 

L-ink

Are you aged 15-21?

The Laing are currently recruiting volunteers aged 15-21 for their young people’s panel ‘L-ink’. The group aims to help the Laing to engage with more young people, by organising events, exhibitions and workshops at the gallery. In the past we have helped to organise exhibition previews, events, an art summer school and artist led workshops. We have also exhibited collaborative artworks at both the Laing and the Tate Britian. We meet once or twice a month on Sunday afternoons and are currently planning an event for The Late Shows, which will take place at the gallery in May. Through this project there will be opportunities to gain experience in marketing, design, curating and working with artists.

If you would be interested in joining please send an email to Hannah at the learning team (Hannah.keville@twmuseums.org.uk) explaining who you are and why you would like to join L-ink!

 

Find out more about L-ink on facebook (LaingInk) and Twitter (@LaingInk) 

 

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Opportunities Elsewhere in the North East

Please note that the opportunities below are not co-ordinated by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums. If you are interested, please use the contact details provided with each opportunity. 

Added 17th February 2014-  Wallington Hall, Northumberland

Volunteer with us at Wallington. Join our friendly team and enjoy sharing stories with our visitors.

2014 opportunities involve

- room guide

- costumed interpreter

- visitor welcome

- events assistant.

Contact Robert Thompson on 01670 773641 or nationaltrust.org.uk/wallington

 

Added 17th March 2014

Call for Volunteers- Immediate Start

AV Festival are looking for a team of dedicated, motivated and

enthusiastic volunteers from across the whole North East region to get

involved with all aspects of AV Festival 14. AV Festival 14 is already

well underway and we need people to help us throughout the final weeks

of the festival.

We are particularly interested to hear from people interested in visual

art who would be willing to help us invigilate exhibitions. The success

of the Festival depends on the astounding support of our volunteers.

 

AV Festival 14

AV Festival 14: EXTRACTION presents the work of artists who are

re-imagining the geologic by responding to the natural landscape of the

North East and beyond, from Neolithic rock art and glacial erosion to

the remnants of the coal mining and minerals industries, and modern

concerns with the global exploitation of material resources. Through

contemporary art, sound, music and film, the biennial event explores the

raw materials that create our experience of the world, from their

origins deep inside the earth, to their extraction and transformation

through artistic, industrial and manufacturing processes.

 

To Apply

Please email volunteers@avfestival.co.uk to apply.

We look forward to hearing from you! 

 

Added 26th March 2014
 
Thinking Digital Arts

Volunteer Call

Welcome to the very first Thinking Digital Arts2014, a digital arts programme happening in venues across Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead from 19 – 25

May 2014, as part of Thinking Digital Conference. Our aim is to deliver a curated public programme that is committed to nurturing the development of inspiring, contemporary arts created within the intersection of art, technology and digital culture. Our hope is to encourage audiences to participate, understand and enjoy the broad range of arts being made within this emerging field. To achieve this, we have sought out some of the most distinguished, innovative, critically engaged artists, designers and makers from around the globe to come and create, debate, challenge and inspire. We have an exciting programme of talks, exhibitions and events that need the support of a dedicated team of volunteers to deliver effectively. We are very keen to ensure that we get interested, committed people who will want to do a fantastic job helping to shape our visitors and delegates Thinking Digital Artsexperience. We are particularly keen to know:

• Why you want to be part of the Thinking Digital ArtsVolunteer Team

• What particular skills and experience you can bring to our programme

• What you are hoping to gain from your experience with us

• What time commitment you can make over the seven days of the

Programme (19 – 25 May 2014 Day time and Evening)

 

In return we will ensure that you experience as much of the actual conference and wider arts programme as possible. Full details can be found on

www.thinkingdigital.couk

If you are interested, please contact Suzy O’Hara for an informal chat.

Email ohara.suzy@gmail.comMobile: 07891719319