Volunteers at The Late Shows

Every year hundreds of people volunteer with Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, getting involved with all sorts of activities including welcoming visitors to our venues, cataloguing collections in our stores, assisting at special events and even helping with the maintenance and running of trains at Stephenson Railway Museum.

We offer full time, part time, long term and short term placements including some student placements.

Some of the benefits of volunteering include:

  • Strengthening your CV - many of our volunteers have found that they have learnt skills and grown in confidence, helping them to gain employment.
  • Making new friends - you'll have the chance to meet like-minded people during your placement.
  • Staff discount - all our volunteers receive a discount in our shops and cafes.

We also cover transport costs during volunteer placements.

Current volunteering opportunities

Tremendous Tuesday family learning assistants

We're looking for assistants to help with our 'Tremendous Tuesday' family craft sessions at South Shields Museum during the school holidays. You'll assist children and families to create a variety of crafts.

Availability: Tuesday 18 August and Tuesday 25 August.

Tasks: Each session will be based around a different theme: pirates; animals; WW1; seaside post cards; puppet making and puppet theatres. The volunteer will assist with the preparation of the activity and encouraging families to take part.

Skills required: Friendly and willing to talk to people, able to demonstrate how to make things, not afraid to get messy

Training: 30 minutes training before each session about the activity of the day and how to make the craft.

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

Roman Empire: Power and People exhibition stewards

We're looking for a team of volunteers to be exhibition stewards at Segedunum Roman Fort in Wallsend. The exhibition, Roman Empire: Power and People, explores the story of one of the most formidable empires the world has ever seen. It features 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.

Availability: Between 10am and 4pm until 30 September 2015. You don't have to commit to do all of these hours.

Tasks: Greeting visitors and providing information about the objects on show.

Skills required: Good timekeeping, open and talkative, able to work on own initiative and independently.

Training: We'll provide training in the form of work shadowing, and a briefing will be given about customer service. Self-led reading about will inform the stewards about the exhibition.

If you're interested in this role please email volunteering@twmuseums.org.uk for an application.

Great North Run Culture exhibition and evaluation stewards

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.

Availability: Sessions of three hours each, Monday - Sunday.

Tasks: 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.

Skills required: 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.

Stephenson Railway Museum

There are a wide range of volunteering opportunities available at Stephenson Railway Museum in North Tyneside, 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 are other options.

Working groups are usually held on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9.30am to 3pm with train operations and running days on Sundays and Bank Holidays from Easter to November. For an informal chat about volunteering at Stephenson Railway Museum please call the museum on (0191) 200 7146 and ask for Robin.

Other opportunities

Culture Track volunteer

Culture Track helps people aged 16-25 who are out of employment, education or training through a volunteering experience with Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums. Applicants take part in a number of sessions that explore their interests and then are matched with a suitable volunteering placement.

You will be supported throughout the placement and will gain a range of transferable skills together with relevant qualifications. Culture Track is as flexible as you need it to be. Any travel expenses will be paid and volunteering will not affect any benefits you receive.

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


Wallquest 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. Get involved in research and excavation in various different places along the wall - absolutely anybody can join in.

Find out more.


Are you aged 15-21? The Laing Art Gallery is 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 they have helped to organise exhibition previews, events, an art summer school and artist led workshops. L-Ink have also exhibited collaborative artworks at both the Laing and Tate Britian.

If you're interested in joining L-Ink, email info@laingartgallery.org.uk.