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

 

                                                 

 

Friday 15th and Saturday 16th May 2015

The North East's fantastic Museums at Night event are set to return on 15th and 16th May 2015 when popular venues in Newcastle/Gateshead will open their doors to culture seekers on this after-hours event.

Venues involved in the evening are asked to programme an event or activity that would be different to their normal offering and over the years we’ve seen everything from interactive art, workshops and demonstrations, exhibition previews, circus performance, live music and DJs and artist talks.

We are looking for individuals to volunteer as Event Stewards during these evenings in May.

Tasks Include:

  • meeting and greeting visitors to the Late Shows
  • handing out glowsticks and programmes to the Late Shows visitors
  • giving information to the Late Shows visitors about venues to visit
  • giving information and directions to the free bus stops
  • be the face of your venue! Encouraging people in.
  • you may also be asked to assist with some learning activites that your venue is providing.

We ask that you are able to be at your venue between 7pm - 11pm, (although some people may need to leave earlier if you need to be away earlier, because of public transport)

Skills needed:

Volunteers should be friendly, approachable, and confident, though this could be a role to help you increase your confidence in talking to new people!

If you’d be interested in being a part of this ’Museums at Night’ phenomenon, please email us at: lateshowsvol@twmuseums.org.uk with your expression of interest and we will get back to you.

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 Posted 20th March 2015

Volunteer Learning Activities Assistant

Location:

Discovery Museum

Availibility:

2/3 Volunteers needed for each day

 Tuesday 31st March - Terrific Turbines and Transformers,  10:30am till 3:30pm  (30 minute Lunch)

Thursday 2 April  WW1 Activity & Craft, 10:30am till 3:30pm  (30 minute Lunch)

Tuesday 7 April - Terrific Turbines and Transformers,   10:30am till 3:30pm  (30 minute Lunch)    

Thursday 9 April -  Fairtrade Chocolate activity & Craft, 10:30am till 3:30pm  (30 minute Lunch)

Tuesday 14th April - Terrific Turbines and Transformers,     10:30am till 3:30pm  (30 minute Lunch)          

Thursday 16th April – WW1 Activity & Craft, 10:30am till 3:30pm  (30 minute Lunch)

 Overview:

The Learning Team  will require a couple of volunteers to help with Holiday Fun activities during Easter. This will involve supporting the public in tasks such as simple Craft activities.

Tasks Include:

Set up of the activity; Speaking to participants; encouraging vistors to take part; explaining/demonstrating the activity; Clear up during the activity and after.

 Personal qualities/skills preffered:

  Good with the Public of all ages, Good Communicator, Polite and Friendly

Training:

There will be a general housekeeping induction of the area you will be working in and a demonstration of the activity you will be assisting with.

Learning Team staff will be with you during the day to refer to as/when needed.

If you are interested in being involved please contact us at volunteering@twmuseums.org.uk

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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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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 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.

 

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 January

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

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 (zoe.allen@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