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: UPDATED 21/8/14

Role: GNRC EXHIBITION AND EVALUATION STEWARDS 

Availibility:

Sessions of 3 hours each, Monday – Sunday  .

Overview: 

Great North Run Million will take the moment of the 1 millionth finish of the Great North Run to engage the people of the North East, and further afield, in a year-long celebration exploring the region as a sporting and scientific powerhouse of technology, enterprise, innovation, talent, and determination.  

Tasks Include:

Volunteers will deliver engagement sessions in-gallery, which could include object handling and guided tours 

Volunteers will carry out audience research and evaluation about the exhibition and project. 

Personal qualities/skills preferred: 

Experience of public engagement preferred.

Volunteers must have a friendly, approachable manner and enjoy talking to members of the public. 

Training:

Training will be provided in public engagement, project overview and the 1 million programme by TWAM and GNRC staff.

If you are interested in being involved please contact,  info@greatnorthrunculture.org directly

 

Date Added: 26th June 2014

Role: GNRC Researcher (Great North Run Culture)

Availibility: 7 hours (2 sessions) per week for 6 weeks leading up to each exhibition.

Overview: 

Great North Run Million will take the moment of the 1 millionth finish of the Great North Run to engage the people of the North East, and further afield, in a year-long celebration exploring the region as a sporting and scientific powerhouse of technology, enterprise, innovation, talent, and determination.  

Tasks Include:

 

Research to assist in the development of an artist led performance and touring exhibitions

Skills preferred:

Experience of research desirable, experience of using museum and/ or archive collections desirable

Personal qualities preferred: 

Experience of research desirable, experience of using museum and/ or archive collections desirable

Training:

Volunteers will be trained in the use of the KeEmu database, object handling and basic conservation. They will also receive training in research techniques and the use of resource materials.

Training will be delivered in-house by GNRC & TWAM teams

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

 

Date Added: 26th June 2014

Role: GNRC Community Engagement Volunteer

Availibility:

To be confirmed

Overview: 

Great North Run Million will take the moment of the 1 millionth finish of the Great North Run to engage the people of the North East, and further afield, in a year-long celebration exploring the region as a sporting and scientific powerhouse of technology, enterprise, innovation, talent, and determination.

Tasks Include:

Volunteers will be involved in digital storytelling and oral history gathering activities with target local community audiences.

 Personal qualities preferred: 

 Volunteers must have a friendly approachable manner and enjoy working with people.

Skills preferred:

Experience of digital storytelling or oral history recording desirable but not essential.  All necessary training will be given

Training:

Training in digital storytelling and oral history recording and documentation will be delivered by GNRC & TWAM teams and freelance digital story and oral history practitioners.

A DBS check will be required as this may involve lone working with the public.

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

 

 

Date Added: 16th June 2014

Role: Volunteer evaluation assistant - learning team

Hours and days available: 

school holidays and possibly weekends 10am-3pm and possibly School holidays

Overview:

We need to gather information for evaluation purposes. The evaluation will be about the arts and crafts activities that our venues will be delivering to compliment their WW1 exhibitions.

Tasks Include:

Handing out evaluation forms/photo consent forms, face to face chats, gathering information, taking photographsSkills preferred/required: Experience of working with the public, young people, photography.

Personal Qualities preferred:

Outgoing, approachable, enthusiastic. 

Training:

A basic induction to the process will be given.

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

 

 

 Date Added: 16th June 2014

Role:

Teacher Research Assistant  

Hours and days available:  

Weekdays.  Mid June – Mid July. 9am -3pm, with possible follow-up work during Autumn 2014 

 Overview:

The Learning Team requires a piece of research into the impact of the new primary history curriculum on schools planning. We would like to find out when and with which year group schools are planning to teach topics, such as Prehistory, Romans, Victorians and World War 2, and when they plan to teach the local study. This will help us to respond to the new curriculum and adapt our programmes accordingly. We would like to gather a number of examples of school’s curriculum overviews, usually in the form of a table or chart covering Year 1 to Year 6 for the academic year 2014-15.  

Tasks Include:

This placement would involve some desk based research using the internet to gather information. If the information cannot be located on-line then phone calls to the school will be required.

This research may lead to a series of follow up face-to face interviews in the Autumn Term 

Personal development:

This is a great opportunity for anyone who has an interest in developing their knowledge and awareness of schools, teachers and the new curriculum. It will be of particular relevance for anyone wishing to pursue a career in education or learning.  

Skills preferred:

IT literate and some experience of face to face interviewing or telephone surveys

Personal qualities preferred/required:

Excellent communication and interpersonal skill. Able to work on own initiative. Punctual and reliable.

Training:

A basic induction to the process will be given.

If you are interested in being involved please contact us at volunteering@twmuseums.org.uk. Please indicate which role you are interested in applying to volunteer for.  

  

 

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

 

 

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 at volunteering@twmuseums.org.uk

 

Date added: 12th February 2014

Role: Visitor Giving Volunteer

Overview:

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 at volunteering@twmuseums.org.uk

 

 

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 Disclosure Barring Service Certificate. Details on how to do this will be provided. 

 

 

 

 Added 30th January

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) 

 

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. 

 

 Updated 21/8/14

 

Be Part of the Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony

When? Thursday 4 September

Where? NewcastleGateshead Quayside

 

This year, the Bupa Great North Run will be the first event of its kind in the world to reach its one millionth finish. On Thursday 4 September, the NewcastleGateshead Quayside and the River Tyne will be transformed into a huge outdoor arena for an Opening Ceremony, marking the start of the official countdown to the 1 millionth finish of the Bupa Great North Run on Sunday 7 September.

Through new writing, mass choreography, live music, a giant floating sculpture, video mapping onto the Sage Gateshead, pyrotechnics, a specially commissioned film and more, the Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony will tell the incredible story of the North East - a story of innovators in industry, sport and technology, of ordinary people working together to achieve extraordinary things - inspired by the energy of a million runners powering Tyneside’s past and future.

And you can be part of it…

We're looking for 1,500 volunteer performers to play a major part in the event. Forming a giant circuit around the Quayside, the mass cast will perform at key moments during the show, surrounding the audience and bringing the story to life.

 This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform in an ambitious, one of a kind spectacle; a truly life-changing experience.

 No experience is required – we're looking for anyone and everyone to come and represent the North East! Whether you’re a trained dancer, enjoy the occasional disco, or have never tapped your foot to a beat – you’re more than welcome.

 Volunteer Performers will need to attend two weekend rehearsals in August, and be available from 2pm into the evening on Thursday 4 September.

 If you’re aged 16 and over on or before 8 August 2014 and would like to take part in this once in a lifetime opportunity please visit the website to sign up by Friday 18 July.

 www.gnrmillion.org

 

Added 20th August 2014

 Depaul UK - youth, community, opportunity

Introduction:

Depaul UK offers people who are homeless the opportunity to fulfill their potential and move towards an independent and positive future. Depaul UK manages a range of accommodation for homeless young people (16-25 year olds) in the UK.

The Depaul Programmes Team is made up of staff and volunteers and is based in three different regions around the country. The team is responsible for providing our young people with an exciting programme aiming to support them in numerous aspects of their personal development.

There are 3 volunteer opportunities

1. Job Shop lead volunteer is to support our volunteers, in delivering a young person focussed workshop around their job searching responsibilities and actions. Creating a young person centred, focussed goal setting plan, is vital.

Necessary skills, attitudes and knowledge:

- Confidence and some experience in managing and facilitating groups of young people who may be considered vulnerable.

- Good organisational capacity.

- A passion for supporting others in their personal development.

- A non judgemental and supportive approach and belief in the potential of others.

Application Deadline: To find out more about the role or apply for this volunteer role please contact Claire Allin on: 0191-253-6191 or email: claire.allin@depauluk.org by Friday 12th September 2014. The role would begin in October 2014

 

2. Get Creative - lead volunteer. The Get Creative project aims to support our young people to engage in a variety of creative opportunities such as art, photography and crafts etc. The project aims to help our young people to improve their confidence, self-esteem, creative skills and also to get out and about in the community. The Get Creative Lead volunteer will be responsible for working with young people to design an exciting and interesting project that should eventually culminate in some sort of exhibition or celebration of the work at the end of the programmes.

Necessary skills, attitudes and knowledge:

The following skills and experiences are considered essential to this role:

- Confidence and some experience in managing and facilitating groups of young people who may be considered vulnerable.

- Good organisational capacity.

- A creative background and knowledge with a real passion for the arts.

- A non judgemental and supportive approach and belief in the potential of others.

Application Deadline: To find out more about the role or apply for this volunteer role please contact Claire Allin on: 0191-253-6191 or email: claire.allin@depauluk.org by Friday 12th September 2014. The role would begin in October 2014.

 

3. The ‘Essential Life Skills’ (ELS) project aims to support our young people to engage in a range of exciting opportunities to develop key life skills such as cooking, budgeting, time management and positive participation with others etc. The project aims to support our young people to develop in their confidence, self esteem and to learn all the essential skills required to help them lead a happy, independent life once they move on from Depaul. Our programmes run for 8 weeks followed by a two week break. The ELS programme will allow for our young people to have some scope over the content.

As the lead volunteer you will be responsible for developing then leading a number of engaging and interesting sessions on a variety of different areas relating to ELS. You will also be responsible for supervising a number of support volunteers on your programme.

Necessary skills, attitudes and knowledge:

The following skills and experiences are considered essential to this role:

- Confidence and some experience in managing and facilitating groups of young people who may be considered vulnerable.

- Good organisational capacity.

- A passion for supporting others in their personal development.

- A non judgemental and supportive approach and belief in the potential of others.

Application Deadline: To find out more about the role or apply for this volunteer role please contact Claire Allin on: 0191-253-6191 or email: claire.allin@depauluk.org by Friday 12th September 2014. The role would begin in October 2014.

 

 Added 3rd June 2014

Directory of Heritage Rooms for Hire

Update and business model review – May 2014

The North East Historic Environment Forum is seeking to update its 2011 Heritage Rooms Directory which details venues across the North East for hire. It is also seeking to put the directory on a more sustainable footing.

Background

The North East Historic Environment Forum works to raise awareness of the heritage of North East England and help ensure that the heritage is understood, valued and cared for. It also undertakes or commissions specific work to enhance understanding of the region’s heritage and its care, and provide a forum to further explore and inform the needs of the heritage sector in North East England. www.theheritagealliance.org.uk/rhefs/

To raise awareness about the range of venues available for meetings and other hire, in 2011 it worked with a placement student to produce a directory of venues. www.englishheritage.org.uk/content/importeddocs/ae/directoryofheritageroomsforhire.pdf. It was uploaded onto the English Heritage and Heritage Alliance websites.

It is well regarded and considered useful. However, contact details and rates are now out of date.

 

Location

Potential to be based at a HEF partner venue – such as English Heritage’s Bessie Surtees House, Newcastle, although much of the activity could be homebased.

Timeline

About 10 days work spread over six weeks to two months

To start asap.

Deadline for completion: 29th June 2014

Further information

For further information or to express an interest please contact Anna Siddall by Thursday 29th May 2014.

Anna Siddall | Local Engagement Adviser: North East

anna.siddall@englishheritage.org.uk

0191 269 1207

English Heritage | Bessie Surtees House | 4144 Sandhill | Newcastle upon Tyne | NE1 3JF