Volunteering

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 21 July, Tuesday 28 July, Tuesday 4 August, Tuesday 11 August, 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.


Big Thursday learning assistants

We're looking for assistants to help with 'Big Thursday' activities at Discovery Museum throughout the summer holidays.

Availability: Thursday 23 July, Thursday 30 July, Thursday 6 August, Thursday 13 August, Thursday 20 August, Thursday 27 August.

Tasks: Support with running the activities devised for the day by the Discovery Learning Team. Themes for each day will vary. Activities will include simple crafts and other activity. Supporting the Learning Team in setting up & clearing away activities.

Skills required: Good with children, good Communicator, polite, friendly, interested in range of themes linked to Discovery Museum.

Training: None required. All volunteers will be briefed on roles at the start of each day.

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


A Day Out With Thomas event preparation volunteers

We're looking for volunteers to help us prepare for the 'Day Out With Thomas' events at Stephenson Railway Museum in August.

Availability: 10am - 4pm, Thursday 27 August.

Tasks: We are expecting thousands of visitors to the museum over the bank holiday weekend as we have a very special train also visiting. We need to ensure the museum is looking it’s very best and ensure all the spaces are dressed, set and ready for the event days. We will need help to put up banners, displays, print off information, set additional activity spaces.

Skills required: No special skills required, just a friendly and helpful attitude.

Training: Guidance will be provided by the Event Coordinator.

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


A Day Out With Thomas learning assistants

We're looking for assistants to help with family activities at the 'Day Out With Thomas' events at Stephenson Railway Museum in August.

Availability: 9.30am – 4.30pm daily on Friday 28 August, Saturday 29 August, Sunday 30 August Monday 31 August.

Tasks: During the Day Out with Thomas events visitors will have a wide offer of drop-in Thomas themed activities and workshops for families. The activities will range from visual, to audio, to hands on practical art/craft nature. Volunteers are needed to facilitate these sessions and encourage visitors to take part in activities

Skills required: An interest in events, museums and railways, an interest in/experience of working with children/families in a learning environment, good communication skills, and a friendly, creative, outgoing personality.

Training: The activities, supervision and guidance will be provided by the Event Coordinator.

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


A Day Out With Thomas event stewards

We're looking for event stewards to help support visitors to the 'Day Out With Thomas' events at Stephenson Railway Museum in August.

Availability: 10am – 3.30pm daily on Saturday 29 August, Sunday 30 August and Monday 31 August.

Tasks: 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 enjoy their time at Stephenson Railway Museum.

Skills required: A 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: 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.


Creative Baby! sessions assistant

We're looking assistants to help deliver brand new Creative Baby! sessions at the Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead.

Availability: You will need to be available from 12 noon – 3.30 pm on Wednesday 12 August; Wednesday 23 September; Wednesday 28 October; Wednesday 25 November; and Wednesday 16 December. In addition, there is the option to visit House of Objects in North Tyneside to see an example of a sensory play environment and gather ideas and resources for creating this at the Shipley. This trip can be arranged on a date to suit you.

Tasks: Creative Baby! is a new group run by the Shipley Art Gallery. Its aim is to engage parents and babies with exhibitions and creative play. If you’d like to support the development and delivery of an exciting new project this could be the volunteering opportunity for you!

Skills required: Keen interest in engaging parents and babies in creative activities; confident interacting with parents and babies in a relaxed and creative environment; friendly and welcoming – able to encourage parents who may not have encountered a sensory play environment before, and help them to experience its creative potential; eye for detail – particularly when setting up sensory play area and ensuring it is safe; creative – able to support parents in making creative toys and artwork with their babies; able to use initiative when running a busy activity; pro-active – e.g. playing with and alongside parents and babies, taking an active role in the session; committed to delivering an excellent visitor experience. It’s not essential, but if you play a musical instrument or enjoy singing this could be incorporated into the sessions if you wish.

Training: Training will take place as a briefing before sessions begin. There is the option to visit House of Objects in North Tyneside to see an example of a sensory play environment and gather ideas and resources for creating this at the Shipley. This trip can be arranged on a date to suit you.

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


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


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.


Wallquest

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.


L-Ink

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.