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

 

Updated; 29th October 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


  

Date Added: 10th September 2014

Role: Newcastle Story Halloween Haunters

Availibility: Friday 31st October 4-7pm

Overview:

We are currently recruiting for volunteers to "Haunt" the Newcastle story gallery on Halloween evening. We will require you to provide your own costume (neither too scary or too revealing, please).

Personal qualities/skills preferred:

We require you to have good communication skills and able to engage well with people of all ages and abilities.

 Training:

A briefing will be provided about your role by TWAM staff.

 Please contact volunteering@twmuseums.org.uk  for an application to volunteer.

 

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Date Added: 10th September 2014

Role: Santa Specials events assistant.  Stephenson Railway Museum

Availibility:

Sat 29th Nov - 10am-3.30pm

 Sun 30th Nov - 10am-3.30pm

 Sat 6th, 13th, 20th Dec - 10am-3.30pm

 Sun 7th, 14th, 21st Dec - 10am-3.30pm

 Volunteers are required to attend at least 2 Santa Special event days. More committment would be highly desirable to help the individual's learning, development and team spirit.

 Overview:

 The Santa Specials events are a well established and well attended event.  With many hundreds of visitors expected we require our volunteers help visitors get the best from their visit. This will include providing information to visitors, ensuring that the museum looks it's festive best and helping Santa to distribute gifts to children.

 Personal qualities/skills preferred:

Good communication skills, reliability, creative and able to work in a fast paced environment.

 We would require you to be able to dress in a festive way, providing your own hat or jumper etc.

 Training:

There is a training day on 28th November. Alternatively you will receive training on your first day in the role.

 

Please contact volunteering@twmuseums.org.uk  for an application to volunteer.

 

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Date Added: 10th September 2014

Role: Christmas events assistant at Stephenson Railway Museum

Availibility:

Mon 3rd Nov - Fri 7th Dec

Volunteers are required to attend at least 4 hours on any of these days between 10am and 4pm.

 Overview:

The Santa Specials events are a well established and well attended event. We are in receipt of new and themed decorations to dress the museum site for the Christmas events and ready for Santa when he arrives at the end of November

 Personal qualities/skills preferred: 

Reliability, creative and able to work in a fast paced environment.

 

Please contact volunteering@twmuseums.org.uk  for an application to volunteer.

 

 

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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

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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.

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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.

 

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 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.  

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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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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

 

 

 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