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

 

Posted on 25th June 2015

Role: Day Out with Thomas events stewards

Availaibility:

10am – 3.30pm daily on Saturday 29th, Sunday 30th and Monday 31st August 2015. As many volunteers as possible 

Overview:

Thomas is much loved by children and adults.   With hundreds of visitors taking part in these events we need volunteers to help support the visitors enjoyment of the experience.     This will include giving general information about the visit and the museum, answering visitor questions, general upkeep to ensure our visitors younger and older enjoy their time at SRM 

Skills, Qualifications or courses needed/preferred :

good communicator, confident, good customer service skills,  able to work as party of a team, adaptable and ability to work under pressure due to the quick turnaround of visitors.  

Training of volunteer:

The activities, supervision and guidance will be provided by the Duty manager and Front of House colleagues, you will be given training on the day about locations and points of interest on the Museum site. 

Are you interested in this role? Please contact volunteering@twmuseums.org.uk for an application to volunteer.  

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Posted on 24th June 2015

Role: Learning Activities Assistant

Availability

Wednesdays during school holidays (9.30am -3.30pm) . There may be other days available depending on special exhibitions and events.

Overview:

The Laing and Shipley run drop-in art activities and workshops for families during the school holidays (‘Big Wednesdays and Big Thursdays’). The activities are related to current exhibitions and of a practical art/craft nature. Volunteers are needed to facilitate informal drop-in sessions and encourage visitors to take part in activities.

Tasks Include:

Primarily facilitating art/craft activities. Encouraging and assisting children and adults to participate. Preparing, setting up and replenishing materials, keeping the room tidy, occasionally working with artists. 

Skills/Knowledge/experience preferred

An interest in Art and Crafts

An interest in/experience of working with children/families in a learning environment 

Personal Qualities Required / Preferred:

Good communication skills, friendly, creative, outgoing personality

Able to work on own initiative

Reliable and punctual 

Training of volunteer:

Specific training will be given about the role.

General TWAM in-house training offered to all staff and volunteers. 

Are you interested in this role? Please contact volunteering@twmuseums.org.uk for an application to volunteer. 

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Posted on 12th June 2015

 

Marine Festival 2015 

We are looking to recruit volunteers to be Guides and Information Assistant 

at Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum, South Shields Museum and Art Gallery, Great North Museum: Hancock and Segedunum Roman Fort

Availibility

The Marine Festival 2015 is taking place over four venues.

Volunteers are required to work across these sites (or be based at one site, if preferred). 

There is no maximum capacity for volunteer involvement.  Volunteers can work the full week, or just offer a few hours on a given day.  

1. Arbeia Roman Fort & Museum,

Saturday 18 July, 11am – 3pm

Sunday 19 July, 1pm – 4pm 

 

2. South Shields Museum & Art Gallery,

Monday 20 July, Tuesday 21 July, 11am – 3pm daily 

 

3. Great North Museum: Hancock

Tuesday 21 July, Wednesday 22 July, Thursday 23 July, 11am – 3pm daily 

 

4. Segedunum Roman Fort. 

Friday 24 July, 11am – 3pm 

The festival will continue as part of the Big Watch Weekend (Saturday 25 July, Sunday 26 July), volunteers are required for this component of the event too.  Volunteers can help spot whales, dolphins and porpoises from sites along the North East coastline. Volunteers will help the public learn more about the fascinating marine life you can see from our shores.  Free training sessions are available for volunteers and we can help choose a site that suits.

Overview:

As part of the Marine Festival 2015, you will play a key role assisting in the day-to-day running of an event that’s designed to celebrate marine wildlife and maritime history.  Working alongside local charities and organisations you will help showcase ways in which people can get involved in protecting our seas and coasts, as well as their heritage.

Tasks include:

Assisting with set-up and activities, providing informal guidance and general engagement opportunities.

Skills, qualifications or courses needed/preferred:

An interest in natural/maritime history or marine wildlife would be preferred - though not essential

Personal qualities required/preferred:

The ability to talk to others in an informal setting and engaging with children and young people, a willingness to get involved and work as part of a team.

 

Training of volunteers:

We will be hosting a training induction on Friday 10 July at the Great North Museum: Hancock, 2pm – 4pm.  Interested parties will be expected to attend this in order to get an overview of what’s on offer and how they can be involved.  The event will be led by museum staff. 

Are you interested in this role? Please contact volunteering@twmuseums.org.uk for an application to volunteer. 

 

 

 

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                                             Culture Track Volunteer

The Culture Track programme aims to help young people aged 16-25 who are out of employment, education or training through a volunteering experience with Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums. Applicants will take part in a number of sessions that will explore your interests and through this will be matched with a suitable volunteering placement.

You will be supported throughout the placement and will gain a wide range of transferable skills together with relevant qualification. Culture Track is as flexible as you need it to be and placements can be negotiated. Any travel expenses will be paid and don’t worry; volunteering will not affect any benefits you may receive.

If you are interested in Culture Track, or would just like to know more, just get in touch with Alex Whelan by calling  0191 277 2153 or email: alex.whelan@twmuseums.org.uk

 
 
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posted 28th April 2015

 

Role - Exhibition Stewards, Roman Empire: People and Power

at Segedunum, Wallsend

Availability:

Between 10am and 4pm up to 30th September. We are looking for a team of volunteers to fulfill this role. You do not have to commit to do all of these hours.  

Overview: Roman Empire: Power and People.

This exhibition explores the story of one of the most formidable empires the world has ever seen. Featuring over 130 pieces from the British Museum, including sculpture from the villas of the Emperors Tiberius and Hadrian, coins from the famous Hoxne treasure, beautiful jewellery and near-perfectly preserved children’s clothing.

 

These religious, military and personal objects from across the Roman world offer a glimpse into the lives of the Roman people and reveal how the wealth, power and organisation of the Empire made it irresistible and mostly unstoppable.

 

A British Museum UK Partners touring exhibition 

Tasks Include:

  • Greeting Visitors to the exhibition, providing information about the objects and contents. 

  •   Signposting the visitor towards relevant information.

  • Skills, needed/preferred:

    • Good time keeping
    • Able to work on own initiative and independently. 
    • Open and talkative

     

    Training of volunteer:

    Training in the form of workshadowing and a briefing will be given about TWAM customer service and etiquette.. Self-lead reading around the subject will inform the exhibition steward about the subject.  

      

    Are you interested in this role? Please contact volunteering@twmuseums.org.uk for an application to volunteer.

     

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    Stephenson Railway Museum.

    We are always looking for interested people who can spare some time. There is a wide range of volunteering opportunities available, covering virtually every aspect of the Railway’s activities. Whilst some roles require a significant time commitment, others do not. If you want to get your hands dirty, there are plenty of opportunities, but if manual work is not for you, there is also a wide range of choices. Working groups are usually held on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9.30am  - 3.00pm with train operations and running days on Sundays and Bank Holidays from Easter to November.

    If you'd like an informal chat about volunteering at the Stephenson Railway Museum please contact the museum on (0191) 2007146 and ask for Robin.

    Below is a list of some of the options for volunteering opportunities:

    Operating overview

    We would like you consider roles such as Guards, Control Staff, Ticket Inspectors and Platform Staff and also ensure that trains and stations are clean and tidy. Volunteers are constantly under public gaze, so personal appearance is important and training is available for all of these jobs. As well as having significant safety responsibilities, you must also have good communications and personal skills, both for dealing with colleagues and the general public.

    Locomotive Footplate overview 

    Every boys dream – becoming an Engine Driver. Today the NTSR can allow this to become a reality. Starting as a Loco Cleaner, you can work your way through the ranks to Fireman, Passed Fireman, then (after a number of years!!) to driver. Being a heritage line, there are opportunities to experience working on a variety of steam locomotives, together with diesels and an electric loco.

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    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

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    Updated 21/10/14

     

    Stephenson Railway Museum - Volunteers needed.

     We are always looking for interested people who can spare some time. There is a wide range of volunteering opportunities available, covering virtually every aspect of the Railway’s activities. Whilst some roles require a significant time commitment, others do not. If you want to get your hands dirty, there are plenty of opportunities, but if manual work is not for you, there is also a wide range of choices. Working groups are usually held on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9.30am  - 3.00pm with train operations and running days on Sundays and Bank Holidays from Easter to November.

     

    If you'd like an informal chat about volunteering contact the museum on (0191) 2007146 and ask for Robin.

     

    Below is a list of some of the options for volunteering opportunities:

    Operating overview–

    We would like you consider roles such as Guards, Control Staff, Ticket Inspectors and Platform Staff and also ensure that trains and stations are clean and tidy. Volunteers are constantly under public gaze, so personal appearance is important and training is available for all of these jobs. As well as having significant safety responsibilities, you must also have good communications and personal skills, both for dealing with colleagues and the general public.

     

    Locomotive Footplate overvi

    Every boys dream – becoming an Engine Driver. Today the NTSR can allow this to become a reality. Starting as a Loco Cleaner, you can work your way through the ranks to Fireman, Passed Fireman, then (after a number of years!!) to driver. Being a heritage line, there are opportunities to experience working on a variety of steam locomotives, together with diesels and an electric loco.

     

    Locomotive Engineering overview–

    Opportunities are available to either utilise existing skills or gain new ones working on maintenance and heavy overhauls of our small fleet of steam, diesel and electric locos

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    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. 

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     Added 30th Janu

    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/ 

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    L-Ink

    Laing Art Gallery Youth Panel

    Enthusiasm for Art and galleries

    Work with the Laing art gallery to organise events, exhibitions and much more  

     

    Are you aged 15-21?

    Are you interested in art, working with artists & meeting new people?

    L-INK are looking for you!

     

    WHO ARE L-INK?  
    L-INK (Laing-Ink) are a group of young people who work with the Laing Art Gallery to organise events, work with artists, create artworks and lots more.

     

    In the past, L-INK have worked with artists to create works in response to paintings in the gallery, they have exhibited works in Newcastle and in London, they have worked with artists, curators and different teams in the gallery, they have visited galleries in different cities and most recently, they have been working with the Learning team to create works in response to  the Laing’s historical Collections. Their works will be displayed in Gallery D over the Summer of 2015.

     

    L-INK work with the gallery in different ways: Sometimes they work on specific projects, such as the Late Shows, at other times, the Laing supports L-INK with self-led projects. This can involve workshops, discussions about their own work, meeting and finding out about the roles of Laing gallery staff.

     

    L-INK is a reciprocal programme; after the project has finished each year, the Laing asks that L-INK become volunteers for the summer programme of events and activities. This is an excellent opportunity to gain real experience working within the gallery and the Learning  team can offer participants references for employment and education where appropriate.

     

    This is a great opportunity for students who are interested in the arts to learn new skills and put something extra on their CV.

     

     

    L-INK 2016  
    L-INK 2016 will work with artists and Laing gallery staff to really get to know the Laing’s Collection and to explore thoughts and ideas in works that are on display. They will respond to and interpret artworks and find out if there are issues and themes which are relevant to modern life. They will also work with a practising artists and curators, create artworks of their own, and develop curatorial skills.  

     

    The deadline for applications to LINK 2016 is Monday 30 November 2015

     

    ABOUT THE LAING’S COLLECTION

    The collection at the Laing Art Gallery contains both modern and contemporary art works as well as traditional

    styles, work by local artists and examples of decorative arts from all over the world.  The Laing is home to a collection of art and sculpture and its exhibition programme brings some of the biggest names in historic, modern and contemporary art to the North East.

     

    18th and 19th Century Collection

    The 18th and 19th century collections at the Laing include works by nationally and internationally-renowned artists, as well as those of local repute. The Decorative Art collections include outstanding example of ceramics, silver, and glassware, some of which are displayed here alongside the paintings. The works on show change regularly to show the impressive range of art in the collection

     

    Northern Spirit

    Northern Spirit is a permanent exhibition celebrating the achievements of artists, manufacturers and makers from the North East of England. This display includes work by 19th century painter John Martin, engraver and naturalist Thomas Bewick and the Beilby family of glass enamellers.


    SIGN ME UP!
    If you are interested in becoming part of LINK 2016, or have any questions about the programme, please contact Zoe Allen (Learning Team) on 0191 2112102/04 or email zoe.allen@twmuseums.org.uk.